Wednesday 17 January 2018

More than half of Wexford students expect to emigrate

Esther Hayden

More than half of Wexford secondary school students expect to emigrate at some time in the future., Ireland's largest study website, carried out its first annual Student Sentiment Index exploring a range of national topics and day to day issues experienced by 4,822 secondary school students.

The results show that 52 per cent of students surveyed in Wexford said it is likely they will emigrate at some point in the future.

56 per cent of Wexford students surveyed admitted school has been the most stressful thing in their life over the last year while 55 per cent of all students surveyed feel they are 'addicted' to their phones.

24 per cent of all students surveyed nationwide have experienced cyber-bullying in the last school year. The highest rate of cyber-bullying was found in counties Wicklow and Westmeath with a figure of 38 per cent, 35 per cent in Wexford, and 32 per cent in Offaly.

43 per cent of students questioned feel Irish should remain a compulsory subject, with the highest level of support found in Galway at 65 per cent.

Irish as a compulsory subject found the lowest level of support in Laois at 48 per cent, with counties Wexford, Sligo and Dublin joint second lowest level of support at 50 per cent.

Nationally 80 per cent would like to see the Same Sex Marriage referendum passed while 13 per cent of all students surveyed are active on an online dating website.

The survey focused on; health and well-being, social media, phones and online habits, attitudes towards alcohol, study habits, future plans, Irish education and Ireland of today, and broke down answers by region, gender and class year of student.

Speaking about the results in general, Co-Founder Luke Saunders said 'we conducted this survey as a means to better understand our secondary school students, what makes them tick, and what are the chief concerns and issues shared by this important section of Irish citizens. I believe that this high percentage of students from Wexford who intend to emigrate or find work in another county is driven by their perception of the difficulty and challenges in finding work in their own county. Although I expected the result of emigrating in the future to be low in counties with cities like Dublin, Galway and Cork, I was surprised to find that counties such as Roscommon and Offaly also had a low percentage of students that said they intended to emigrate.'

Wexford People

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