‘Barriers for cross-border students must be removed’ – Fearon

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Community, Politics
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has called for increased awareness of the opportunities available to students living along the border corridor in places like Dundalk IT.
Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

“There are a considerable number of barriers restricting the ability of young students in the north to take up a university place in the rest of Ireland such as the recognition of qualifications and financial arrangements,” she said. “Many of these are long-standing complex problems arising out of the unnecessary duplication and back-to-back planning brought about by partition. These could be complex to resolve without removing the border,” she insisted. “One of the most glaring problems is that of careers advice for young people in our post-primary schools. Getting information on the southern system can be like pulling teeth as careers advisors and teachers are not fully across the detail. “For people living along the border, the potential to start and finish a degree close to home in institutions like IT Sligo, Letterkenny IT and Dundalk IT has never been properly promoted. As a result, the numbers of students crossing the border remains relatively low. Fearon added, “Offering degree programmes closer to home and creating jobs for these young people has to be a priority for all of us in the coming period.”
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