‘Department inaction on cross border education hindering economic revival’ – Rogers

Posted by
info@newrytimes.com
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Politics
SDLP education spokesperson Seán Rogers has said the inaction within the Education Department and the two major parties at the Executive is creating a huge block to students attempting to access university courses in the south. The South Down MLA, speaking ahead of a debate on cross-border education in the Assembly this week, added that these obstacles are hindering economic revival. He said: “There are a number of issues that are causing obstacles to students here accessing courses within the university system in the south and vice-versa, such as lack of information, equivalence issues surrounding qualifications, higher UK fees and unfamiliarity with the CAO application process. “But I believe there is a greater obstacle; the Executive. I understand why the DUP want to do as little north-south co-operation as possible but many observers believe that Sinn Fein allows the DUP to control the snail pace agenda. Rogers continued, “The failure to strongly push a meaningful north-south dimension to governance is clearest in our economic reality. Education is the foundation our economic growth will be built upon. “DEL and DE must collaborate fully with the Irish Department of Education and Skills to ensure obstacles to cross border education provision are minimized and no longer be allowed to be an impediment to economic regeneration on this island. He added, “The universities, institutes of technology and further education colleges must continue to improve the information flow across the island. Schools need to inform themselves and their students better about the different higher education option on the island. “I ask, is there political will from the two main parties in the Executive? On a weekly basis, we hear about the latest north-south ministerial conference. Are we going to have real and meaningful progress on an all-Ireland higher education strategy, or is it merely another talk-shop?”

Would you like to advertise your business on Newry Times and reach thousands of people every day? Contact the Newry Times office on 028 4062 6520 or email Paul: editor@newrytimes.com

Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed

-->

This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing editor@newrytimes.com

Log in