We can’t let educational equality be a casualty of the coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Covid-19 is exposing the cracks in our schools system and favouring those who have the means to pay, writes Ita O’Kelly. Responsibility for the return of schools rests with the minister in the Department of Education and Skills (DES). Norma Foley is both policy and decision-maker in chief. And she has control of the purse strings …” (more)

[Independent, 12 July]

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Limerick Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to including Limerick Institute of Technology in plans for the Munster Technological University in addition to Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the issues facing the language school sector in view of the fact that 70% of its revenue is generated during their peak season from March to September but the schools have remained closed during this time; the supports which will be put in place to assist English language teaching organisations with these issues; and when these schools can reopen in view of the fact that they have not been included in the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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Third Level Admissions – Medical Training Places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandLouise O’Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will work with third-level universities to expand the number of medical training places for students applying through the Central Applications Office system to help increase the number of doctors nationally …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Student Grant Scheme – Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if applicants for higher education grants that worked during the Covid-19 emergency will not incur a reduction or cessation of SUSI grant entitlement in view of the fact that they worked as requested during the emergency; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Foley Welcomes Designation Of Technological University Status For IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry Norma Foley has welcomed the designation of Technological University status for IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology. The new venture will be known as Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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Wave of Support for No-Detriment Policy as TDs Back Students

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“The campaign for third level institutions to adopt a ‘No-Detriment’ policy has gained a significant amount of political attention over the last week as universities begin to make clear decisions on the issue. Many parties such as Sinn Féin, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats support the policy on a party-wide level whereas Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil continue to dodge the question towards the relevant department with only few TDs from these parties out-rightly supporting the issue …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 9 April]

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Student nurses should be paid for placements as they help to fight coronavirus, says TD

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Student nurses on work placements across the country should be paid for helping to fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Fianna Fáil TD in Kerry. Norma Foley says she has been in contact with nurses on placement who say they are working the same hours as qualified staff but without pay …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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