Irish children’s education statistics are not up to par

By Cathal McNamaraRead moreClinical psychologist Dr Michael Murphy, from the Department of Health and Social Care in Cork, said the latest figures from the Children’s Society of Ireland show the Irish children were less well-off than their British counterparts.

Dr Murphy said the Irish were being left behind in the race to raise children in the best way possible.

“The problem is not that there is not enough education, it is that the system is not working,” he said.

“It is not a problem of the curriculum, it’s a problem with the funding.”

I am not saying we are poor, but we are not the poorest nation in the world.

“Dr Murphy believes the situation is far from ideal, but it is far worse than it should be.”

We have got a society that is very reliant on our education system,” he told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke.”

They have got schools and they have got universities, and they are going to continue to invest in them.

“But if we have not got the investment in them, what are we going to have in the future?”

Dr Murphy has visited the schools of his children in Cork.

He said his children are struggling to make ends meet and have to turn to charity to pay for school meals.

“Every time I go there I think I am in the worst place.

I am not in a good position to get the support I need,” he explained.”

My kids are living on the streets because of the lack of resources.

I think they are getting sicker every day.”

Dr Michael Murphy said he is seeing the situation worse than the UK.

“There is an awful lot of deprivation in the Irish system.

There is no opportunity for them to learn.”

So what are they going to do?

They are going through the cycle of poverty, deprivation, poverty, and I don’t think that is sustainable,” he added.”

That is why I am getting in the trenches with the CSRA [Children’s Society] to raise awareness and get the best possible outcomes for children.

“Dr Tom Murphy, head of research at the CSR Child Education, said Irish parents are not making the most of the resources available.”

Ireland has a lot of problems with our funding and we are the worst placed country in the UK, in terms of public sector funding.

It is a very different funding structure to the UK,” he commented.”

If you look at the overall level of public education funding in the country it is actually below the European average, but the UK has much higher funding.

The Irish system is very difficult to compare because it is very individualised and you need to look at schools and families to see the differences.

“Dr Thomas Murphy, the director of the CSRs Child Education and Youth Centre, said it is not only parents who are struggling, but also teachers, carers and parents themselves.”

What we have seen over the past year is the impact of the very severe financial strain we are all feeling.

I would not say that the Irish public sector is worse than most countries in the European Union, but certainly not the best in terms or the way it is funded,” he pointed out.”

You have the social housing crisis, you have the lacklustre social mobility and you have to put those things on the back burner because the school system is the best place in the EU for learning.

“The Department of Social Protection in Cork is currently working with the Irish government on a strategy to improve Irish childrens education.

The Minister for Children, Family and Community Services, Claire Hogan, said: “It is vital that every child is educated in the most appropriate way, so that they can develop the skills and knowledge to make a successful contribution to the community.”

In Ireland, our children are at the forefront of our social and economic recovery and we need to invest more to ensure that they have access to quality education.”

Our schools are among the best around the world, but this year they have been under a severe financial pressure due to the impact on the health service and the economic downturn.

“The government has been working with Irish parents and schools for more than three years to develop a strategy that addresses the needs of parents and teachers.