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Policy issues concerning Education

A new report by Eurofound shows how Ireland has one of the highest rates of NEETS in Europe at 22%. Greece has the highest at 35.9%, Bulgaria 24.6% AND Spain has 21.1%.  NEETS are young people aged 15 – 29 who are not in education, employment or training. 

The announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills that cuts announced to DEIS schools in Budget 2012 are to be reversed is in line with a recent report from the OECD. Social Justice Ireland welcomes the partial reversal of the measures introduced by Minister Quinn in Budget 2012.

Government should introduce a student loan scheme for 3rd level students in Budget 2012. There are strong arguments from an equity perspective that those who benefit from higher education, and who can afford to contribute to the costs of their higher education, should do so.

The issue of literacy has been contentious in recent times. The Department of Education’s policy for tackling literacy problems among adults is in the opinion of Social Justice Ireland simply unacceptable.

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