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Disadvantaged areas suffering educational inequality

10 March, 2006


In response to a report just published by the Economic and Social Research Institute for the Higher Education Authority, Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Seán Crowe TD said, “it is still no surprise that students from areas designated as being disadvantaged are poorly represented in third level education”. 

Deputy Crowe said, “I welcome the increase in the number of students progressing to University but it is still no surprise that students from areas designated as being disadvantaged are poorly represented in third level education”.  Regrettably, socio-economic factors are having an extreme impact on whether or not a student will go on to access 3rd level education. In my own constituency only four out of every ten students progress to university.

“The fact of the matter is that when it comes to entering third level, higher income groups are still disproportionately represented. Sinn Fein is working towards an Ireland in which the financial clout of a student’s parents does not determine whether or not they have more of a chance in going to college. Equal access should mean just that, every student on this island of Ireland should be cherished equally and should all be offered the same opportunity to attend further, higher and third level education.” ENDS

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