Taking the tough course

“Every third-level educational institution in this country has its own school of engineering. Several of them do not have enough students. There are six departments of Italian. And these are only two examples of wasteful duplication in the system. Next Wednesday, Department of Education officials will meet the so-called Bord Snip Nua, the panel of experts appointed by the Government to advise on public spending cuts. Their talks are expected to result in large-scale rationalisation, with closures and amalgamations and a voluntary redundancy deal for hundreds of academics. So far, so good. This is an area ripe for cutting, so by all means let the cuts be made. But one has to ask whether the Government has gone the right way about addressing the problem or whether it has got it, as so often, back to front …” (more)

[Editorial, Independent, 16 March]

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