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Day 14 #GE16 :Standing up for Education

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 02:03 PM

Today the Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Jan O'Sullivan launched our Standing up for Education plan in Limerick. Among the commitments in our plan for education include delivering the smallest class sizes in the history of the State, ending the use of prefabs in schools, reducing school costs for parents, doubling the number of multi-denominational schools by 2021 and amending the Equal Status Acts so that local children can access local schools. 

[Download Labour's Plan for Investment and Reform of our Education System.]

"As we look towards a decade of tremendous opportunity, we need to make sure that every child can do well in school, and then to look further to the future – to get an apprenticeship or go on to college," the Tánaiste Joan Burton said.

“A lot of our work over the last five years has been focused on recreating opportunities for people. Over the next five years, Labour will create 50,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships, to recognise that college is not the only opportunity that works for people.
 We will increase funding of third-level, so that every student gets a high-quality education. And we will introduce postgraduate supports, so that opportunity is not limited to getting a degree.


“Only Labour will stand up for Ireland’s future – only Labour will stand up for education.”

Minister Jan O'Sullivan said she was proud to stand with the Tánaiste Joan Burton to launch our education plan saying Labour has 'made a real difference' over the last five years.

 "We have for instance better schools, improved standards of numeracy and literacy and improved school completion rates.

 "Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf contains the searing line:

 “Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what's said and what's done.”

 "On that measure Labour has delivered in education over the past five years.

"We are asking voters for their support again to continue the work."

[Download Labour's Plan for Investment and Reform of our Education System.]

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