LYIT President says council education report highlights consequences of education cuts

first_img Twitter 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest News Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Paul HanniganA study on education funding commissioned by Donegal County Council has concluded the skills and knowledge base within the county could be eroded if there are more cuts in resources.The “Profiling Challenges to the Education Sector in Donegal” report is based on 2012 figures, and was carried out by the council’s Research and Policy Unit on behalf of the Childrens Services Committee’s Economic Security Sub-Group.The Report highlights that while budget reductions have been applied in a uniform manner across the country, their impact is more severe where high levels of deprivation previously existed, and it is widely acknowledged that Donegal has, for many years, experienced some of the highest levels of deprivation and poverty in the state.Liam Ward, Chair of the Economic Security Sub-group, says by creating further challenges to disadvantaged families in terms of access to educational opportunities and thus limiting careers choice, the potential for unemployment and poverty traps are increased and the social fabric that builds families is undermined.The report also highlights the importance of support staff, including Education Welfare Officers, Education Psychologists and Special Needs Assistants.Issues for parents include the cost of books and voluntary contributions and confusion around the School Transport Scheme.The report was launched by LYIT President Paul Hannigan, who says despite the growing challenges, the education sector in Donegal has been very successful.However, he has warned the situation is reaching a crisis point, and that’s been highlighted very clearly in this document……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/paulh1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The text of the report can be accessed  here – http://www.donegalcoco.ie/NR/rdonlyres/72528355-5558-4D47-AAB8-067C171D8962/0/ProfilingEducationChallenges.pdf Facebook Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – June 18, 2014 Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Previous articleDallat cynical about Mc Causland’s Coleraine jobs announcementNext articleCan the Boyles become the first all Donegal winners since Bonner and McGettigan? News Highland LYIT President says council education report highlights consequences of education cuts Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApplast_img read more