Further education courses boost students’ chances of graduating from third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students who first complete further education courses are significantly more likely to graduate from third-level degree courses, new research suggests. Solas, the umbrella body for the further education sector, says the latest data shows that up to 75% of students with a foundation in a Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) course who move on to higher education complete their degree …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Spotlight on further education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“The €370m further education and training sector could face a major change in focus as a review examines how well it is addressing the needs of the unemployed. The training requirements of those who have been unemployed long-term are coming in for particular scrutiny …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 August]

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500% increase in higher education courses offered to those with FETAC qualifications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien, TD, has said the thousands of adult learners who benefit from PLC courses highlights the short-sightedness of the government’s decision to increase the pupil teacher ratio from 17:1 – 19:1 in the further education sector …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 28 January]

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Cuts in Donegal Education Attack on Society’s Weakest, Says Local Teachers’ Union Chair

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Budget 2013 cuts for Co Donegal Further Education sector are unjust and unfair, the Chairperson Co Donegal Teachers’ Union of Ireland has said …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 2 January]

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Class sizes and fairness

Posted in Teaching on January 2nd, 2013 by steve

“A chara, – Dave Alvey (December 27th) is correct in his analysis of the impact of increasing the pupil-teacher ratio in post-Leaving Cert courses and how such an increase does nothing to promote equality. As he further notes, 200 non-permanent teachers will lose their jobs …” (more)

[Denise Ní Dhuibhir, Irish Times, 2 January]

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PLC class sizes to rise

Posted in Governance and administration on December 27th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – The immediate impact of increasing the pupil teacher ratio from 17:1 to 19:1 in Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) programmes will be that approximately 200 non-permanent teachers will lose their jobs over the next year …” (more)

[Dave Alvey, Irish Times, 27 December]

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Cuts to PLC courses ‘make a mockery of jobless pledge’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2012 by steve

“The Government’s budget cuts to post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses make a mockery of commitments to tackle youth unemployment, a youth work organisation has claimed …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 December]

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Curb on student numbers should not be considered – TUI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2012 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today warned that increased demand for courses cannot be used as an excuse to limit student numbers in higher education. TUI believes that any such limit would inevitably damage equity of access …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 9 January]

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New research shows disparities in PLC course provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on April 22nd, 2011 by steve

“New research by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) shows huge disparities in respect of equality opportunity for students to access Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) places around the country …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 22 April]

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Students march over €500 fee hike

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 25th, 2010 by steve

“‘No fees, no cheese, no Fianna Fail TDs’ – that was the protest chant from hundreds of students who brought traffic to a standstill in Limerick city centre yesterday …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Independent, 25 November]

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Course charges criticised

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2010 by steve

“Socialist Party councillor Mick Barry this morning hit out at reports that the Cabinet are considering imposing a €500 charge for Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 2 November]

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‘Cap’ on courses keeps thousands out of college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 26th, 2010 by steve

“Thousands of students are being denied access to Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses because of where they live. And the most deprived of all live in Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s native Co Offaly, which has only 50 PLC places compared with 1,216 in Co Cavan, which has a smaller population …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 26 February]

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