Students feel misled regarding access to third level campuses. That’s the view of Mayo Deputy Rose Conway Walsh.
The Sinn Fein spokesperson on Further and Higher Education says it’s welcome that third-level students have returned to campus after studying remotely for almost 18 months, however, she claims she is constantly hearing reports of students with almost no in-persons classes this semester.
On July 22ND last, Deputy Conway Walsh put a question to Minister Simon Harris at the Education Committee about what percentage of time students could expect to be on campus.
In response she says Minister Harris claimed that “at a minimum we would see the full return of all classrooms, workshops, tutorial, labs etc and that the only issue would be in relation to reduced capacity in larger lecture halls”.
The deputy says that this is not what students are experiencing on campus and she insists that students and parents should have been given an honest and clear assessment of what a return to campus would really look like.
Deputy Conway Walsh has written to the Minister seeking clarity on why there is such a variation on the return to campus at different institutions and why student were not informed prior to the beginning of the academic year.
She spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley.