Education must be well funded
IRELAND does not fare well in an OECD report on how member countries spend taxpayers' money on educating their young. We have been ranked 30th out of 33 nations based on the amount of the country's wealth invested in education.
The fact that comparisons are based on Gross Domestic Product and that we fare rather better when the more realistic National Domestic Product is used as a base is not particularly reassuring. Nor is the fact that the findings are three years old.
Both national and secondary teachers' organisations have stated that the OECD's report 'Education at a Glance', is evidence of a failure of government policy, with the TUI going so far as to call for the national training authority FAS to be scrapped and its resources diverted to the education sector.