Education Measures announced in Budget 2017 little more than spin – Carol Nolan TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan has said that the Education Measures announced in Budget 2017 are simply spin. Teachta Nolan pointed out that the figure of €468 million additional spend announced in the Dáil chamber is actually €170 million in reality.
Teachta Nolan said:
“This government proposes to invest €170 million in additional spend in education in Budget 2017 and while I welcome this investment, it is simply not enough to meet the demand within our education system.
“Many will be disappointed to find that there has been no additional provision for capitation above and beyond demographic demand, while almost a third of the additional teachers announced will be recruited to address demographics.
“Similarly, the additional 100 guidance counselling posts announced will fall far short of the 750 posts required to fully restore guidance counselling services to pre-recession levels.
“The €35.6 million announced for the third level sector is completely inadequate and is to cover both the further and higher education sectors. Sinn Féin has proposed a package of €150 million in current and capital investment across these sectors.
“I am hugely disappointed that there was no provision for additional funding in the school transport service despite all the promises of a review of the service and children all across the state left without bus seats.
“Sinn Féin had set out a comprehensive investment plan of almost €500 million to provide a quality education service that would deliver for our citizens.
“What this government has delivered here today is simply a load of guff and spin.”