Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (220)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

220. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the security studies FETAC award level 6 in GTI Galway this September; the reasons GTI will not know if it is running the course until August; his views on whether this is the way students should be treated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24290/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

This is an operational matter for Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board. I am informed that to facilitate progression from the Security Studies level 5 course already operating in Galway Technical Institute (GTI), it was decided to offer a level 6 course in Security Studies for the 2014/2015 academic year. Applicants were advised that the running of this course was contingent on the availability of sufficient eligible applicants wishing to avail of the course. I understand from GTI that they do not have sufficient numbers to warrant the operation of this course. All applicants have been informed of this and have been offered their second choice course in the College.