Education key to all our futures
ONE of the most gigantic tasks facing the government that takes office after the General Election will be the reform of the education system. For guidance, it will have the "national strategy" for higher education, drawn up by a team under the chairmanship of Dr Colin Hunt.
The Hunt report addresses head-on some of the thorniest issues in a sector which teems with vested interests and anomalies. For years, an argument has raged as to whether tuition fees should be brought back or student loans introduced. Controversially, it recommends both.
At present, farmers, the self-employed and professionals get more than their fair share of maintenance grants for students. Hunt wants their assets taken into account -- a proposal that will meet with stiff resistance and will be difficult to implement.