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Feeder School Lists show much more needs to be done to tackle educational disadvantage – Carol Nolan TD

6 December, 2016

Commenting on the “Feeders School List” published in the Irish Times today, which shows the number of pupils from each school that entered each higher education institution, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan has said that there needs to be more investment in measures to tackle educational disadvantage.

Teachta Nolan said:

“The Feeder School list shows clearly that private secondary schools still dominate university entry while many schools from disadvantaged areas send a low proportion of students to higher points courses.

“While these league tables are a very crude measure of performance of a school and do not take into account many factors such as cuts to resources and the many social and cultural factors that affect individual students, nevertheless it is a clear indicator of the level of inequality that exists within our education system.

“Cuts to vital resources such as guidance counsellors, which has affected disadvantaged students disproportionately, have had a significant impact on the ability of many students to access and progress in Higher Education. Sinn Féin has called for immediate investment in guidance counselling and we made provision for one counsellor per 500 students ex quota in our alternative budget submission.

“The Action Plan for Education contains a clear commitment that that an Action Plan for Social Inclusion will be published by the end of the year, following on from the review of DEIS schools.

“It is clear that much more needs to be done to effectively tackle educational disadvantage and I am calling on the Minister to publish his plan to address this important issue as soon as possible.”

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