Despite having two Labour Ministers at the helm, this government’s education policies have been extremely regressive, widening education inequality.
Since 2011, it implemented a series of short-sighted cuts which have impacted heavily on students from disadvantaged backgrounds, such those to SNA and Resource Teaching supports, Guidance Counselling provision and most especially, to programmes for combating education disadvantage.
For instance, the School Completion Programme, first introduced by a Fianna Fáil Government in 2002 to improve education outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, has been decimated by this government.
The programme nationally has been de-funded by 33%, which has meant that many interventions, such as summer programmes, are now not available for children from disadvantaged circumstances.
We need to do better in ensuring that all sections of our communities fully reap the benefits of our education system.
Reducing school failure and improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils has always been key priority in Fianna Fáil’s education policy agenda.
Read and Share Fianna Fáil’s Education plan.