Third level fees will be a barrier

“The Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe has said third level fees will create equal opportunities for everyone. He is not due to publish a report on the issue until April, yet he seems to already know the answers. As a Leaving Certificate student I fail to see how third level fees will create equal opportunities. Many of my friends will find fees a barrier to the pursuit of their education. Already in Portlaoise, in a county with no third level institution, only 17.5pc of the population have a third level qualification, compared to the national average of 26pc …” (more)

[Bryan Holland, Independent, 10 February]

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