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Half of parents don't know how to advise their children on further education

A new survey has also found that the majority want them to progress to higher education.

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A SURVEY HAS found that the majority of parents want their children to progress to further education, but many struggle to offer sufficient advice.

One thousand adults were surveyed by Amárach Research as part of College Awareness Week, which is advising school-goers to be ‘college ready’.

One in 10 parents did not encourage their children in the area of higher education.

50% believe they do not have ‘sufficient knowledge to advise their child’.

The research also involved face-to-face interviews with students in Dublin 10 and 17.

Biggest influence

In both areas, roughly 45% of students said their parents were their biggest influence.

In terms of the adults themselves, three in four had advanced to post-secondary level education, but 41% believed there wasn’t sufficient information available on adult education.

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Founder of College Awareness Week and a manager in TCD’s Access programme, Kathleen O’Toole-Brennan said the week aims to “inspire and inform” students, ensuring that they are aware of the benefits of higher education.

“A college education also helps greatly in securing employment and a decent standard of living,” she said.

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