11 Feb 2019, 09.37

The Joint Committee on Education and Skills will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3.30 in Committee Room 2, Leinster House to discuss the topic of Brexit and Education in Ireland.

There are two topics for consideration:

•    The education related provisions of the General Scheme of the Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 29 March 2019) Bill 2019.
•    The New Statement of Strategy 2019-2021.

In advance of the March 29 withdrawal by the UK, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD will discuss preparations for, and the implications of Brexit, on Education and Skills, particularly, in the event of a ‘No Deal’ scenario.

Ahead of the meeting, the Chairman of the Joint Committee, Committee Chairperson Fiona O’Loughlin TD, said: “The Committee is eager examine the issues facing us in relation to Brexit, and its impact on Education and Skills across the country.”

“The Minister has been invited to brief the Committee on the Education related elements of this pressing matter, the UK withdrawal, and it is important that members will have the opportunity to discuss the proposed provisions in advance of its publication”, said Deputy O’Loughlin.

“Similarly, the opportunity for the Committee to input directly with the Minister in advance of the publication of the New Statement of Strategy 2019-20 is welcome. The Ministerial briefing on Tuesday will afford members the chance to input directly with the Minister.

“The final document will set out the Department’s strategic vision. The intention is that the new strategy statement will build on progress to-date, allow for the implementation of recently introduced reforms and continue to improve the quality and effectiveness of the education system for all learners.”
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