Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Order of Business
However, in truth, the jobs that were announced are not real jobs; they are hours, split across several jobs, in schools. The one area where we have let the education system down, for which we are now paying the price, is that of guidance counselling in schools. We must have a debate in this House with the Minister for Education on the issue of guidance and drop out rates at third level. I ask the Leader to arrange such a debate although I know that time is a bit tight. I note that Deputy Rabbitte has suggested that the general election will be held on 26 February, so time is getting very tight.