Sinn Féin Councillor Michelle Hennessy has called on the government to act now to rectify what has become a crisis for many third level students and their families. Following the admission today that just over 3000 students have received their grants out of near 65000 applications the Youghal based councillor has called on the resources to be put in place immediately to clear the backlog.
Speaking today (Tue, Nov 13, 2012 ) she said;
“The situation is becoming unbearable for some students and families that have contacted our office and dropping out of full time education is the only option.There is frustration with the students that the process is slow and riddled with errors.It is very likely that as a result of the current debacle many students will still not know the outcome of their applications before Christmas.This is unacceptable.”
“The new SUSI on-line system was introduced and sold by the minister as a way of making the process faster and more efficient it has proven to be the opposite.There is without doubt serious flaws in the system that need to addressed straight away.I am calling on the government to put resources into the system now so students can continue their studies and in time contribute to the recovery of our economy and not join the statistics of emigration.”