Minister for Higher Education has described comments made by two GMIT lectures as “extremely hurtful”

The governing body of the college has launched an international investigation after two lecturers were heard discussing the so-called “weak performance” of some of their students and speculating whether one student has intellectual disabilities.

The two lecturers made the comments over Zoom and were not aware that some students could hear them.

Minister Simon Harris says the comments were entirely inappropriate, “I welcome the fact that the president of GMIT has apologised on behalf of the institution. I understand the governing authority is investigating the matter there,” he said. “I probably shouldn’t say anything that would in anyway prejudice that outcome but it was an extremely hurtful comment, extremely hurtful comment, entirely inappropriate and absolutely shouldn’t have happened”.

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