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Education debate initiated by those opposed to change - Butler MLA

26 February, 2008

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson, Paul Butler MLA has said that the Assembly debate on education yesterday was initiated by those opposed to change.

Speaking following yesterday's debate in the Assembly;

That this Assembly notes with concern the lack of clarity in the Minister of Education's proposals for post-primary transfer; and urges the Minister to publish the details of her proposals immediately, to ease the concerns of parents pupils and teachers.

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Paul Butler has said:

"Yesterday's motion was initiated by those opposed to change.

"The Education Minister has instigated the biggest overhaul of the six county education system for the better.

"The changes, root and branch, shall result in a democratic, a fair and a world class education system.

"The Minister has stated that the debate has moved on from the narrow debate around academic selection.

"No one is now arguing for the retention of the 11+.

"I welcome the statement from Caitríona Ruane who states that she will soon bring forward proposals for new arrangements for transfer for 2010.

"Regardless of yesterday's motion, Sinn Féin is determined to see the much needed education reform that is necessary to give all of our children a fair start in life." Críoch

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