Press Release on GMIT Mayo Campus
I’m absolutely delighted to hear from the Minister for Education and from the President of GMIT Dr Fergal Barry, that no plans exist to close the Mayo campus at Castlebar. This is great news....or is it?
I’ve asked those who contacted me in the first place what they think of the article which appeared in www.thejournal.ie
They are not convinced. One staff member stated that the Journal.ie article was “visually correct”.
What they see happening on the ground is not in keeping with an institution that has a future. Perhaps what the article leaves out says more than what was included. There’s a background here and that background is that the entire GMIT finances are shaky. In fact in an article which appeared in the Connacht Tribune on the 5th May 2017 the bigger picture was made clear. Apparently they will run out of cash in three years time if economies are not made.
This raises questions about how we view our education system. Are Universities and Regional Technical Institutes, enterprises that are supposed to return a profit or are they places that educate and add to the wealth of our country indirectly through raising our levels of knowledge and understanding?
For those working at the Mayo Campus of GMIT there are many tell tales - courses being cut, Pillars reduced from three to one, a lack of listing for some Mayo campus courses in the CAO options, staff being asked to relocate to Galway or to do a greater percentage of their work from Galway.....
So who’s right? Only time will tell. One would hope that statements from the College President and from the Ministers office are factual. They would never mislead us would they?
Perhaps one sentence in the article is telling.........
But a working group will examine the future viability of the campus that could lead to ring fenced funding.
It’s a contradictory sentence. We shall see.