Educators in Ireland will be better educated than their state counterparts and better equipped to deal with complex problems, Minister for Education Simon Coveney has said.
Speaking at a launch event for the launch of the Capital Education Leaders’ Summit, Mr Covensey said the new government would provide more resources to the state-based capital schools and a greater number of specialist teachers.
“We have a capital education system that is better than the state system.
We want to be as competitive as possible in terms of education, we want to improve it and we want better quality,” he said.
The Minister said he wanted to be a “part of the conversation” about education reform.
The Government has committed to doubling the number of state-funded secondary and higher education places by 2022 and plans to double the number by 2021-22.
Mr Coveny said the capital schools would be better equipped than the State-funded ones.
“The main thing is that we are not going to go down a route of doing this because the State has the resources to do it,” he added.
The minister said he was confident that the capital school system could deliver on the ambitious plans and that the system would be more efficient than state-run secondary schools.
“If we were to build it, we would be able to do this,” he told reporters.
“I think that would be a really good investment.”
A capital education will be a very good investment, it would make a lot of sense.
“You know, the idea that we would spend millions and millions of pounds on the capital education is just wrong, we don’t want to spend money on secondary education.”
Mr Covelsey also said the government would “look at all the alternatives” to run a capital school, including a partnership with a school within the State.
He said the Minister for Health and Social Protection and Minister for the Economy and Public Expenditure would be attending the summit.
“There are other options, but there will be no alternative for me to go and see the capital system in action,” he continued.