College closure puzzling

THE announcement by the Minister for Education and Science of the closure of St Catherine’s College for Education in Home Economics has shocked and saddened graduates of the college.

Given the recent refurbishment, funded by the department, the closure is puzzling.

Today, in our schools, there is a shortage of graduates to teach home economics and Irish. Many St Catherine’s students take Irish as a second subject and qualify to teach both. Without their contribution, there is a grave danger the subject of home economics in our schools will suffer greatly.

The public way in which the minister and his department made this announcement was sadly lacking in respect for all concerned.

Noreen M Foyle,

President,

Past Students Union,

St Catherine’s College of HE,

Blackrock,

Co Dublin.

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