rake in cash according to this articleWhatever about VEC schools , I'd be hard pressed if asked to say what VEC committees do beside hold meetings.
Particularly odd is that Kildare has a bigger population than Donegal, yet it's being merged with Kilkenny AND Carlow. And Meath has a bigger population than Donegal too, but it's being stuck in with Louth.Its the only county in Ireland without a city that is being maintained. Shocking.
You might want to ask the HSE that one!Particularly odd is that Kildare has a bigger population than Donegal, yet it's being merged with Kilkenny AND Carlow. And Meath has a bigger population than Donegal too, but it's being stuck in with Louth.
A more important question is, why do we need 16 VECs? Wouldn't 1 big VEC do the same job with much greater efficiency?
Plans just announced by the Department of Education and Skills will see the number of VECs (Vocational Education Committees) reduced from 33 to 16.
The new VECs will be merged into the new following regions:
- Co. Dublin and Dun Laoghaire
- City of Dublin
- City of Galway and Co. Galway
- City of Cork
- Co. Cork
- City of Limerick, Co. Limerick and Co. Kerry
- City of Waterford, Co. Waterford and Tipperary South Riding
- Wexford and Wicklow
- Carlow, Kilkenny and Kildare
- Laois, Offaly and Westmeath
- Louth and Meath
- Cavan and Monaghan
- Mayo and Sligo
- Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford
- Clare and Tipperary North Riding
An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan TD, Minister for Education and Skills.
The Irish Vocational Education Association said earlier that the plans were "regrettable" calling the decision a "bad day for local democracy" but that they had "reluctantly accepted" them.
They are vocational educational committees and across Ireland there are a number of VEC run schools who provide second and third level educational programmes. Night courses, community education courses, back to education initiatives, adult education and literacy also come under the VEC umbrella. VEC run schools are public funded and are non-denominational, as far as I can remember.
To be honest I don't think it makes much difference. If Donegal was merged with Leitrim, it would still leave Roscommon and Longford as a merged VEC. There are only 3 second level schools in Roscommon under the VEC and 4 in Longford (5 in Leitrim) which would still leave the combination smaller than some of the existing VECs. Granted there are other schemes: Youthreach, Back to Education, Adult Literacy, Night Classes, and Castlerea Prison is under the VEC but all the other VECs have these services too with the exception of the prison in most cases.Is there some reason being offered in justifacition for Donegal not being merged with say Leitrim? Or is it just coincidence that the minister is from donegal?
Of that list, City of Cork is the smallest.Surprise ,Surprise, Donegal remains one. Home of Education Minister, Calamity Coughlan. It could have been merged with Sligo, or Leitrim. Pork barrel politcs at work.
To be fair to Donegal they have fifteen second level schools under their control.THe Donegal decision is so annoying - the Minister should be taken to task for political interference/infleunce on that one !!
The VEC themselves go good work but there is a case for amalgamation for savings