MINISTER OPENS MITCHELSTOWN SCHOOL LABORATORIES
Education Minister, Batt O’Keeffe TD, was in Mitchelstown this week to officially cut the ribbon at the new science and technology labs at St Fanahan’s College. The minister was welcomed to St Fanahan’s by principal, Colman Murphy, with the students and staff on hand to show off their state-of-the-art science labs which cost over €250,000.
“The new laboratories will bolster the delivery of the school’s curriculum for all the students both at second level of course the adult education students as well,” Minister O’Keeffe said.
Minister O’Keeffe went on to encourage more students to choose science, engineering and technology subjects: “Especially in these severely difficult economic times, we must continue to ensure a steady supply of science graduates. Here in Cork, we have attracted eight of the top 10 global firms in the electronics, telecommunication, information communications technology, health and pharmaceutical sectors.
"St Fanahan’s College has always promoted practical education among its students and these new laboratories will help to build on that record and prepare the next generation for the challenges of the smart economy,” the minister added.
The work on the new science labs at St Fanahan’s was completed as part of the Department of Education’s Summer Works Scheme.
“We have submitted an application to the minister for more funds under this scheme so that we regenerate our home economics labs,” principal, Colman Murphy, told The Avondhu.
Minister O’Keeffe was also on hand to unveil St Fanahan’s entry that has qualified for the All Ireland final in the F1 Challenge. The minister was impressed at the high levels of design and professionalism on display at the college.
Friday 5th March 7:36am