Tuesday 6 December 2016

We need a debate on access to third-level

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

Youngsters living in leafy Dublin's inner suburbs may find it hard to actually avoid going to third-level education.
Youngsters living in leafy Dublin's inner suburbs may find it hard to actually avoid going to third-level education.

IT IS getting on for 20 years since the Rainbow Coalition first abolished third-level fees in an honest effort to improve access to college for children from less well-off backgrounds.

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Since then there has been very little convincing evidence that the change has improved a poorer student's chances of third-level education. Today our education editor brings us news of the Higher Education Authority's (HEA) latest assessment along with its plans which it hopes will improve the situation.

Today's report confirms what we must have known for quite some time. In summary, if you are from a farming background you are three times more likely to go to college than the average school leaver.

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