Tuesday 24 October 2017

Government will ignore college funding at its peril

Report author Peter Cassells. Pic: Mark Condren
Report author Peter Cassells. Pic: Mark Condren

John Walshe

Health and homelessness were the main social issues in the General Election debate which allowed politicians to conveniently ignore the elephant in the room - the crisis in higher education.

And make no mistake there is a financial crisis in the system which the new government will overlook at its peril. Unless politicians face it then our third-level colleges can't meet the rising demand for places and the quality of what they are offering will suffer.

This will seriously affect the government's hopes of attracting more investors who need a steady supply of high quality graduates.

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