Friday 2 December 2016

Tackling disadvantage will give all students something to celebrate

Richard Bruton

Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30

By getting our system of supports for schools in disadvantaged areas right, we can have a huge impact on the life prospects of children. Photo: Getty Images
By getting our system of supports for schools in disadvantaged areas right, we can have a huge impact on the life prospects of children. Photo: Getty Images

Yesterday, more than 58,000 students in every corner of the country received their Leaving Cert results. It was a watershed moment for the class of 2016. My four children have all gone through the Leaving Cert and I know that it is a time to celebrate and recognise the massive contribution of teachers, parents and friends who helped along the way.

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In the 18 years of their lives, the class of 2016 have lived through boom and bust. We can be confident now that we are rebuilding our economy on firm foundations with 155,000 extra jobs created since we launched our Action Plan for Jobs.

Education has been one of the key areas that has given our country the capacity to weather the downturn. Education is also key to our ambitions as a nation - it can break down the cycles of disadvantage and ensure we can excel socially, culturally and economically.

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