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Sinn Féin calls for abolition of part-time fees

8 December, 2006


Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe has called on the government to abolish fees for part-time students. Deputy Crowe said such a move would 'increase participation and end the discrimination against people whose family and work commitments prevent them from full-time study'.

The Dublin South West TD said: "If this Government is committed to lifelong learning then it should abolish fees for part-time students. By doing so it would also increase access for people who were in many cases left behind by the education system. People should be enabled to work and gain an education at the same time; it would be a win-win situation for the person involved in furthering their personal development and for society in economic terms.

"Approximately 27,000 students are enrolled part-time in Higher Education and the Higher Education Authority estimates that abolishing fees for part-time students undertaking undergraduate courses would cost €40 million. This €40 million would be money well spent if it improved lifelong learning, increased and widened third level access, and upskilled and educated thousands of Irish people."

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