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Michelle O'Neill MLA to address public meeting at St. Patrick's High School Dungiven

16 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Committee member, Michelle O'Neill MLA will address a public meeting in St. Patrick's High School on Wednesday 24th September.

In an address to parents of pupils transferring to second level education as well as educationalists, trade unionists and interested members of the public, the Committee member will outline the vision for transforming the current education system based on equality for all children.

The meeting will hear Michelle O'Neill outline the reform package which aims to:

  • Abolish academic selection over a transitional period of three years;
  • Replace selection at 11 with informed election or choice about their educational pathways by students at age 14;
  • Move towards area-based planning of sustainable schools where students will be accepted on community; geographical and family criteria;
  • Expand the curriculum so students have more choice in subject selection (through the entitlement framework);
  • Embark on a school-improvement campaign centred on literacy and numeracy.

Speaking to local journalists this week in advance of the public meeting Michelle O'Neill said:

"I am very much looking forward to my visit to St. Patrick's High School. Since my party colleague and the Mid Ulster MP, Martin McGuinness first announced the end of the 11-Plus transfer test in 2002 in his capacity as Education Minister, we have been building on the work he began and I am pleased to have an opportunity to outline the vision for transforming the education system to the people of East Derry." ENDS

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