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Education is not a commodity

Published 08/05/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- I am writing to express my strong agreement with Gene Kerrigan (Sunday Independent, May 1, 2011). He is correct in his criticism of private fee-paying schools receiving funding from the taxpayer. It is completely outrageous that education is being treated as a commodity.

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I have often heard it said that the abolition of third-level fees has not helped further equality within our education system because students from wealthier backgrounds are able to avail of expensive private schools.

It seems to me that nobody is willing to contemplate the obvious solution -- remove State funding from private schools and attempt to put an end to this disgraceful inequality.

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