Access to further education


Sir, – The effect of the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s policy of further changes to the pupil teacher ratio is the disbandment of further education, and the creation of a clear distinction between higher education and training.

Neither of these categories sufficiently describes what we do in further education. Further education is about access. With the disbandment of further education the need for access will not disappear, only the means of providing for that need. The pupil to teacher debate is a red-herring. – Yours, etc,


Ballyfermot College of

Further Education,

Kylemore Road,

Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.