John Walshe: Future belongs to students who set their sights highest
IT'S tough being a teenager in Ireland nowadays. The banking and property collapse has robbed many of them of a secure future, youth unemployment is one of the worst in Europe, apprenticeships have collapsed, graduates are emigrating in huge numbers, there is talk of bringing back tuition fees, and now the points race has revved up again.
But, and there is always a but, the situation is not without hope. Tuition fees won't come back in the lifetime of the present government, whatever about being recommended in a forthcoming report on higher education.
Points are up in many courses, but not universally -- in fact they are down on large numbers of courses or have remained the same.