Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.17 6 Apr 2021


Share this article


The Higher Education Minister says the points race for college and university places is out of control.

Simon Harris has told the TUI's annual conference that a fully integrated third-level system, that shows students all their options, is needed.

Minister Harris says the existing system is placing "appalling levels of pressure and stress" on young people.

Advertisement

He said: "It's allowed an almost elitist mindset to emerge, which defines success in some people's mind as where you went to college - rather than what you want to do with your life.

"It has failed to recognise the brilliance of further education and training, and how this should not just be a fallback option for students, but for many should and can be a first choice.

"It has allowed skills shortages in key areas to develop. It has ignored the worrying dropout rates from higher education."

Minister Harris said a new system is needed 'quickly', noting that its development is one of his priorities.

He argued a new system must make it easier for people to move from further education to higher education.

He suggested it would also 'value the apprenticeship model' as it can offer benefits across a range of careers and professions.

Minister Harris has previously criticised the public sector for not taking on more apprentices, saying it's a 'disgrace' that the current number is so low.

Teachers' unions are holding their annual conferences this week, and have warned they are prepared to consider industrial action if the Government doesn't agree to priortise the vaccination of teachers.

Teachers had initially been due to receive vaccinations as a priority group, but those plans have been scrapped due to the upcoming move to an age-based vaccine rollout.

Main image: File photo of Higher Education Minister Simon Harris. Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Share this article


Read more about

College Simon Harris Third Level University

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Off The Ball

Off The Ball

19:00-22:00

Share

Up next

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on