Note from Attac Ireland: Dr Aidan Seery, IFUT, gave a presentation on the risks that the Irish education system faces from the current round of ‘Free Trade’ treaty negotiations at the Trade Union School on TTIP at the TEEU’s Dublin offices in October 2015.
“I am the product of free education”. How a dockers grandson became an academic.
“In the space of such a short time free education has transformed my own family and that I think is worth keeping in the background when I say a few words about TTIP and education”. (1.40)
Private / Privatised Schools
(TTIP) “Could restrict the ability of EU states to determine entry and to regulate the quality and the governance…of private and for-profit schools, or colleges, or other institutions…EVEN EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS”. (5.00)
“there’s the adoption of what’s known as a ratchet clause; which would mean if a government were let’s say to experiment with a partial liberation of some of its education sector future governments could NOT undo those experiments…EVEN IF THEY WERE SHOWN TO BE FAILING IN ALL ACADEMIC ASPECTS, without paying perhaps considerable compensation to any provider that would be effected by the change” (11.55)