In preparation for Budget 2018, AONTAS made a pre-budget submission. The focus of this submission was to ensure the existence of a national lifelong learning infrastructure that is effectively funded and accessible to all citizens across Ireland.
Specifically AONTAS called for the following:
1. QQI waivers for the community education sector
1b. Implement a fee waiver process
2. Secure, reliable, and effective funding for the community education sector
3. Implementation of Option 1 for funding of higher education (Cassells Report)
Tuesday 10th October saw the announcement of Budget 2018, unfortunately our pre-budget submission requests were not specifically detailed in Budget 2018, however we welcome the overall increased investment in education and a number of other measures that look at supporting increased educational equality.
Read our full response here.