Students, parents, teachers and schools have been let down
Green Part Deputy Leader Catherine Martin, TD for Dublin Rathdown has today called on the Minister for Education Richard Bruton to commit to restoring ex-quota guidance allocation as a matter of urgency.
Speaking following Leaders’s Questions in the Dáil, Deputy Martin said that the Government must live up to their commitments in the Programme for Government.
“Fianna Fáil has been claiming that they secured the restoration of ex-quota guidance counsellor allocations under the confidence and supply agreement, however, it is quite clear from Minister Bruton’s reply today that this is not the case. This is a startling development. Not only have Fianna Fáil been misled, but more worryingly students, parents, teachers and schools have been let down. This is unacceptable.
“The removal of the ex-quota guidance allocation in schools resulted in over a 50% reduction in the time allocated to guidance counselling services. At a time of immense need among our youth, the reduction in counselling services was shameful.
“Easy access to professionally trained counsellors is crucial for our teenagers. We’ve repeatedly said that the removal of a dedicated guidance counselling service has widened the gap between those who have and those who have not, and the study released today by the IGC seems to prove that.
“We have consistently called for the restoration of ex-quota guidance counsellors, and are reiterating that call today. All of our children should have equal opportunity and equal access to this support service. The care and support available to you should never come down to where you live or what school you attend.”