Leitrim VEC are seeking clarification along with other VECs about the new Educational Training Board categories proposed by the Department of Education.
Leitrim VEC were informed of the new category information from Mayo VEC. The future Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim amalgamated ETB have been placed into Category 2. There are three new categories proposed for the ETBs, Category 1, Category 2 and a special category for Dublin City.
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim VECs are seeking information on the new categories and why certain ETBs have been placed in certain categories by the Department. Analysis by Mayo VEC and circulated around local members showed no reasoning for their placement in the second category by population, school numbers or budgets.
Leitrim, along with Mayo and Sligo VECs are now appealing their placement in Category 2. Co Donegal ETB along with Cavan & Monaghan ETB and Galway & Roscommon ETB are also in Category 2.
Cllr Enda Stenson said it is “crazy” that not only is Leitrim VEC being amalgamated but they are also being “relegated.” Cllr Martin Kenny asked for the reason for categories. “Are all students not equal?” he asked.
Mr Fallon noted there is “no downside mentioned” but the “fear of the unknown” is spurring on the concern. Cllr Enda McGloin noted that the new ETB is expected to have 19 representatives with 10 expected political representatives.
Martin Fallon said that Joe McDonagh, who will be the new CEO of the Mayo, Sligo Leitrim Educational Training Board has expressed that he “is looking forward to working with Leitrim VEC in the future.”