The Chairperson of North Tipperary Vocational Education Committee, Mr. William Kennedy, has stated that the decision of the government to merge North Tipperary VEC and Clare VEC has been discussed in detail at recent VEC meetings and the Committee rejects the decision because it lacks any sensible rationale.
“Our VEC is fully committed to the need for change and increased functionality as the local public body with responsibility for discharging education and educational services to the primary, secondary and further education sectors. We seek change that is logical, thought out and designed to meet future needs. He stated that a decision to merge North Tipperary VEC with Clare VEC deserved a sensible rationale and vision for the provision of education and educational services to the local communities of Clare and North Tipperary.
“There are no traditional, political, cultural or organisational ties between North Tipperary VEC and Co. Clare VEC. My Committee believes that there is clearly a manifest lack of knowledge of the logistics and geography, the river Shannon and Lough Derg Lake divide the two counties, in this illogical configuration.
“This proposed merger would increase the travel costs because the regular meetings between staff or committees in the current VECs will have to be held collectively, thus increased travel costs will ensue as we will have to travel through Limerick to meet in Nenagh or Ennis, this is uneconomic and nonsensical”.
He stated, “We have requested a meeting with the Tánaiste to discuss our concerns vis-à-vis the government decision to merge North Tipperary VEC with Clare VEC but she is unwilling to make herself available for such a meeting. My Committee has extended an invitation to the candidates for the forthcoming General Election to address this issue at our next VEC meeting. We will seek to elicit from them an undertaking that the new government will reexamine this decision”, he said.