12 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The era of single county administration of vocational education in Co Monaghan is nearing its end.
A new Monaghan-Cavan Education Board, replacing the existing Vocational Education Committee structures in both counties, is likely to come into operation early next year, Chief Executive Officer Martin G O’Brien told the members of Co Monaghan VEC at their meeting on Monday.
Mr O’Brien, who is the CEO designate of the new Monaghan-Cavan structure, referred the meeting to the publication of the new Education and Training Board Bill on Friday last.
He said it represented an enormous piece of work for the Dept of Education and Science to undertake. A large body of existing statutory instruments and acts had been repealed and everything had been brought together in a new Act, which would give new functionality and responsibility to the new Education Boards.
Comparing the significance of the new legislation to that which gave effect to VECs back in the 1930s, Mr O’Brien said the Act would bring them forward for many years to come.
“There will be 16 Education and Training Boards which will take on in very challenging times a huge responsibility to deliver education and training for everyone within the entity on an equal, fair and unbiased basis,” the CEO stated.
He expected the new Act to be signed into law by the end of November, with a view to the Minister announcing the establishment day of the new Education and Training Boards early in the New Year.
Encouraging the members to read and familiarise themselves with the Act, Mr O’Brien said that in three or four months’ time it would be …

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