DUNDALK Institute of Technology (DkIT) has pledged its support to a campaign against budget cuts to guidance counselling services.
DkIT School Liason Officer Diarmuid Cahill said he is very concerned about the recent announcement about budget cuts to guidance counselling services within the post-primary sector.
Mr Cahill acknowledged the financial constraints the Irish economy is facing, however, he added that guidance and counselling provide a vital service to the whole school as well as to individuals.
In an open letter dated January 10, Mr Cahill wrote: “Guidance Counsellors provide support with subject choices, exam techniques, study skills, career planning, application procedures and personal counselling.
“It is important that every student is provided with education and careers advice. It is also important that all students are provided with personal guidance.
“This budget cut may put schools in a dilemma as to how they provide guidance and counselling services. If the school is in a position to provide such a service, the school will also have to decide if the service is going to be provided full-time or part-time.”
Dundalk guidance counsellor Gerry Malone said: “I am afraid that the general public will feel that the review in the cuts to Deis schools means that Guidance is no longer under threat.
“That is simply not the case. The Government are on course to continue with their policy of dismantling the guidance service from next September in second level schools.
“I along with colleagues, will continue the battle against the cuts and we will try our utmost to have the government reverse their decision. Again I call on all local public representatives...to publicly state their own opinions on the proposed cuts to guidance.”