- Jan 14, 2016
Keith Maycock, from Mullingar, Co Westmeath on day one of his High Court action against the National College of Ireland.
This is an issue that I have been well aware of for some time now, due to certain work I do. I'd prefer not to go into the details of that work, but it came to my attention that many of the migrant students in Irish third level institutions are barely able to write in English and have very poor understanding of the work they are supposed to be doing. Nevertheless, they are regularly awarded high grades in exams and then awarded with degrees and diplomas. And given that there are now thousands of migrants in Irish colleges, this is not a small matter.
Well, I have been moved to write this OP by an article in the Irish Times today. A Irish lecturer who complained about this fraudulent practice was told by the college authorities at the National College of Ireland, based at the IFSC in Dublin, that he was a "trouble maker," and he was hounded out of his job. Mr. Keith Maycock, who teaches computer science, told the High Court that students in Third Year didn't know basic material that they should have known in First Year. The Irish Times surprisingly, quotes Mr. Maycock as saying that "A lot of the students involved were international." Mr. Maycock is seeking damages from the college.
So, we have a situation where our own Irish students can't get an education, but we are paying for barely literate foreign students to get what are de facto fraudulent diplomas and degrees. And, before anyone suggests that these foreign students are paying their course fees, so it doesn't really matter to us. In fact the great majority of these foreign students are actually migrants who now have residence or even Irish passports. The Irish taxpayer is paying their fees and their college grants.
Lecturer claims he was called ‘trouble-maker’ over grades