USI boss says capping numbers will not work
Published 10/02/2010 | 05:00
Peter Mannion, President of the Union of Students of Ireland, says the government should not cap the number of students going to college as a knee-jerk reaction to our present financial crisis.
"There is already a cap in the numbers going to college in the North and there is no evidence that there has been an increase in the quality of education.''
Mr Mannion acknowledges that many first-year science students struggle when they go to college because they find Maths very difficult.
"Because the points requirements dropped for some courses, students can find it very difficult.
"There is already a staff moratorium in place in colleges, and this is already having an effect on the quality of education. We have to ask if we really want a knowledge economy and whether we are prepared to fund it properly."