Augar education review a missed opportunity’ –Mullan

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Karen Mullan  has said the Augar Review of Post 18 Education and Funding is a missed opportunity.

The party’s Education spokesperson said:

“The ‘Review of Post-18 Education and Funding’ was an opportunity to recognise that education is a right, as well as enabler to prosperity.  It is also the foundation of tackling deprivation and social inequality.

“Education, including third level education, should be publicly-funded and invested in.

“While the review focused mainly on England it has implications for the north.

“In recent years, the marketisation of particularly the universities sector has led to a situation which is unsustainable and which leaves young people with high levels of debt.

“The review makes a recommendation in relation to maintenance grants which is welcome but there is a real need to ensure that there are no barriers to participation in education due to their socio-economic background.

“The review also recognises the impact of austerity cuts on further education and the ability of colleges to deliver courses.

“It is clear that we need a third level education system where there is parity between further education and higher education and the two are closely interlinked to meet the needs of both the economy and individuals.