'I want to study here, I want to work here' - Leaving Cert student who got 575 points appeals for State support
A teenager who achieved 575 points in her Leaving cert exams has pleaded with the Government to provide financial support to that she can continue her studies in Ireland.
Anna Kern, originally from Ukraine, wishes to study physiotherapy in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.
However, she said she has no means of payng for third-level education.
"I want to study here, I want to work here. I want to do everything I can in Ireland," she said this morning.
Limerick-based Anna came to Ireland two years ago with her mother, who is currently not permitted to work.
They are living in Direct Provision accommodation in Knocknasheen and Anna attended Coláiste Nano Nagle in Sexton Street since 2013.
The school's principal Marion Cummins claimed the Government is abandoning Anna and has called for the introduction of provisions for asylum seekers who have the ability and who want to continue their education.
Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan is expected to meet Anna for a second time tomorrow to discuss her situation, according to Ms Cummins.
"If the Government are going to accept them into second-level, there should be a commitment; there should be supports going forward for these people to go into third level, particularly the students who have the ability and particularly the students who want to learn," she said.
"With Anna, I can only wonder how many points she would have achieved if she was in the country even longer."