The opposition has called on the government to protect education services in the 2014 budget.
In a statement today Michael McGrath, Fianna Fáil and spokesperson for finance, stressed that education has been put at the heart of their 2014 budget proposal and that “it is possible to meet budgetary targets next year wi
thout yet another hike in the student registration fee.”
Mc Grath also criticised Minister for education Ruairi Quinn stating he “needs to learn from the mistakes he has made in the past. The last two budgets were highly regressive in the area of education. Students were hit with two further increases in the college registration fee by a Minister who promised to reverse fee hikes. Post-graduate grants were abolished and the SUSI fiasco caused severe hardship to tens of thousands of students nationwide and now a €250 increase in the third level registration fee next year is to be introduced by this budget.”
Mr McGrath went on to say: “These highly damaging cuts are not necessary and they must stop. There is no reason why education services cannot be protected in Budget 2014. The government can choose to put a high value on education, and place it at the heart of their budget plan for next year.”