Fianna Fáil Press Office
14 January 2016
Admission policies of schools need to be urgently addressed – Fitzpatrick
Fianna Fáil Dublin Central candidate Mary Fitzpatrick says admission policies and cuts to career guidance services have caused major damage to the education system and both issues need to be urgently addressed.
Speaking at the launch of Fianna Fáil’s Education Policy document – Securing The Future, Ms Fitzpatrick maintained that a more pragmatic approach was required and that parents were most concerned about a better education system for their children.
“The key initiatives of this policy will resonate with voters and especially with parents. They want to see the damages of the past five years reversed.
“Not only do they want to see the damages reversed, they also want to look to the future especially in key areas like language and computer skills. This policy will help children to make the most of every opportunity. Ireland as a country has been punching above its weight when it comes to technology and we need to ensure that every child has the opportunity to access these areas.”
Ms Fitzpatrick also welcomed the Policy’s position on Substance Abuse saying it was time for the Dept of Education to take total responsibility for educating young people about the problems of substance abuse.