With the date of the impending General Election looming ever closer, we need to know what the plans of each of the political parties are in relation to education, teaching and the role of technology in schools. So, with this in mind, I plan to send a list of questions to each of the Education Spokespersons: Mary Coughlan (Fianna Fáil), Fergus O’ Dowd (Fine Gael), Ruairí Quinn (Labour), Paul Gogarty (Green Party) and Pearse Doherty (Sinn Féin). The answers to these questions will be posted on this site so that teachers may be better informed about the education policies of each of the parties.

I’m asking visitors to the site to suggest questions that can be asked to each of the spokespersons. I think 8 – 10 questions will suffice. The questions should be short and succinct and, in the interests of equity and fairness, the questions should be suitable to be put to each of the parties so that readers can compare and contrast the answers. The objective of this exercise will not be to vent anger at the Government parties. We need to know what the plans of each party are for the future of education.

So, if you think you have a short question that could be asked of each of the political parties, please add it as a comment at the end of this post, or add it to the Seomra Ranga Facebook page. We need to get organised fairly quickly, so questions need to be in by next Monday Jaunary 31st.