City’s ‘postal apartheid’ affecting our education

“A system of ‘postal apartheid’ is preventing youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds entering third-level education, a leading academic has said. Dr Paul Mooney, president of the National College of Ireland, said the worst-affected areas in Dublin have participation rates ‘on a par with the slums of Paraguay’. And the 52-year-old Dubliner said the abolition of third-level fees has contributed to the problem. ‘I think we have to look at the reintroduction of third-level fees,’ he told listeners to RTE Radio 1’s Conversations with Eamon Dunphy show. ‘But there’s a big proviso – that we have to make sure that the kids in the Docklands, Ballymun, Darndale, Jobstown, Clondalkin, etc … we must get those participation rates up’…” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 14 February]

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