Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Technological Universities Bill 2015: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage
I move amendment No. 17:
In page 15, line 25, to delete “2” and substitute “3”.
I recall that the Ceann Comhairle was on a school board himself and most of us here probably have such provisions. I am sure we are all up to speed on the changes taking place in our education system. We are really looking to involve students in decision-making and parent councils and student councils are at the centre of everything we do. This amendment reflects that. It is a very simple amendment. It agrees with the provision in section 12(1)(f) but rather than restricting us to one or two students on the governing body of a technological university, we are saying we should have the flexibility of including up to three. It would give students greater representation and a greater say. That is in tune with what will work best in our education system and is respectful of students and participation. We ask the Minister to consider that small but not insignificant flexibility to provide for that greater involvement of the student population in the new technological universities.