Seanad debates

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (Resumed)


10:30 am

Photo of Lynn RuaneLynn Ruane (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I move amendment No. 70:

In page 37, between lines 25 and 26, to insert the following:“(n) the Marino Institute of Education,”.

These amendments provide for additional bodies to be added to the list in section 28 of institutions which will be exempt from paying into the learner protection fund. Since Second Stage of the Bill, I have discussed with the Minister of State the potential problems that may arise from the amendments and I ask her to put on the record why this amendment would not work in order to give people in that sector an understanding of why certain educational bodies cannot be exempted.

Amendment No. 73 provides that not-for-profit community education organisations would be exempted from paying into the fund. I understand the rationale for the Minister of State's rejection of the amendment but it is crucial that she explain her reasoning on the record.

Amendment No. 70 relates to Marino Institute of Education and the Minister of State has tabled an amendment to address that issue.


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