Time to take a lead from Obama

Ireland“While the education sector braces itself for another round of Budget cuts, it was fascinating to watch President Obama’s address to the American people last week. The most striking feature of the address was how Obama repeatedly identified investment in education as the key building block toward economic recovery. Let us hope Batt O’Keeffe was tuned in. After the cuts imposed in the September Budget, the desperately underfunded Irish education system cannot bear much more pain. By investing heavily in third-level research, the Government acknowledges that education can be the engine of economic growth …” (more)

[Irish Times, 31 March]

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