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Universities in the South should work to ensure all A-Level subjects are recognised for course entry – Ó Donnghaile

25 October, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Speaking after securing a ‘Matter for Commencement’ on the issue in the Seanad yesterday, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has committed to working with the Minister for Higher Education and HE Institutions in the 26 Counties to ensure all A-Level subjects undertaken by students in the North are recognised across the board.

Speaking after his question to Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;

“I sought this debate with the Minister after being contacted by numerous students and educationalists in the North who are deeply concerned about the current entry arrangements and any exacerbation that may be caused as a result of Brexit.

“At present, Trinity College Dublin for example, is amongst a number of Higher Education Institutions which doesn’t accept A-Level PE for all courses at degree level, including Sports and PE courses. That’s like A-Level History not being accepted for a History degree.

“The contradictions and anomalies are glaring.

“While appreciating universities are autonomous institutions, we must work collectively to ensure students studying particular subjects aren't disenfranchised regardless of where in Ireland they come from.” 

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