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Big headlines but few details to help students

Michael Healy-Rae: Students and colleges need more information

THE €168 million package announced to help third level institutions and students to recover from the coronavirus pandemic is all about big headlines but there it contains very little detail, a Kerry TD has claimed.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae made particular reference to an announcement from Higher Education Minister, Simon Harris, that students would receive grant funding for buying laptops and iPads but he said the information was too vague and people didn’t know how to apply

Minister Simon Harris

“How will students apply for this, who does this apply to and when will the application process open,” he asked.

The Kerry TD said the criteria governing the additional supports for students in relation to access to devices is still being finalised in consultation with key stakeholders.

“Do not leave students waiting much longer as returning to college is already on their minds and it was unfair to dangle such carrots in front of them when there was still no actual details on some plans,” Deputy Healy-Rae stated.

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