WIT Students’ Union (WITSU) have welcomed a recent motion passed by local Councillors supporting publicly-funded education. The motion was unanimously passed at a Plenary Council that took place on Thursday last, April 13th.
WITSU Officers Michelle Byrne, Marie Sheedy and Michael Murphy said, “we are delighted that the motion passed unanimously. We have been lobbying for this throughout the academic year and recently sat down to discuss the publicly-funded third-level education model with a number of TDs and Councillors such TD David Cullinane (Sinn Féin), Cllr. Jim Griffin (Sinn Féin), TD Mary Butler (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. Eamon Quinlan (Fianna Fáil) and Cllr. Joe Kelly (Independent).”
These meetings were organised as part of the Education Is campaign. The campaign comes from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). USI and WITSU are calling on the Irish Government and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to make a historic long-term decision and invest in the publicly-funded third-level education model as outlined in the Cassells Report. Research shows that income-contingent loan scheme is not a viable solution to third-level funding and would cost the the State €10bn over 12 years before repayments from students.
Michael Murphy, WITSU Welfare Officer, is very happy to see local support for publicly-funded education. “Education is a public good and should be treated and funded as such” he said, “Students do not deserve to be burdened with debt. A system like this will create a burden of €20,000+ debt on anyone who wishes to attend third-level education. It’s time our Government made the right decision and publicly funded higher education”
The Plenary Council is the full body of elected representatives of Waterford City and County Council. It includes all of the 32 elected members and its regular meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of every month. WITSU will continue to support USI’s Education Is campaign until the Irish Government fully invest in the publicly-funded third-level education model. For more information about the campaign please visit USI’s website: http://usi.ie/educationis/