Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Chris Hazzard has welcomed the launch of the initiative by Education Minister John O’Dowd of ‘Education into Care and Care into Education’.
Mr Hazzard said,
“The figures show that children in care under achieve so it is important that we put a focus on improving the grades attained by these children.
“We constantly speak about equality in education so it is important that all children are given the opportunity to maximise their potential through education.
“The launch of the policy “Education in Care and Care in Education” is a strategy that will lead to better outcomes for these children and give them the opportunity to succeed through education.
“Children in care often have different issues to deal with that those in a grounded home so it is important that we recognise the need to target resources towards them in order to offset any disadvantage they suffer.
“The Minister has again shown today with the launch of this policy that he is committed to ensuring that every child is treated equally no matter their circumstance.”