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Ruane meets Derry Principals

25 October, 2008 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has continued her consultation with post-primary principals to discuss a range of educational issues.

The minister recently met with twelve principals from the Derry area and discussed key issues such as the Review of Public Administration and reform of post-primary transfer arrangements.

Speaking after the meeting, the minister said:

"It has always been my aim that I pursue maximum consensus for my proposals and that I hear from as many key education partners as possible. Principals are key players across the whole education system. This meeting is one of many that I have been having with principals across the North as I have undertaken to hear a wide range of viewpoints.

"The meeting with principals from Derry city gave me the opportunity to talk to them about transfer reform, the Review of Public Administration and the creation of the Education and Skills Authority.

"I outlined my proposals on new transfer arrangements and was keen to hear their views on the issue. I reaffirmed that I was determined to continue with my commitment to end the academic selection of our children.

"Derry has one of the highest levels of social deprivation in the North of Ireland and studies show that there is a correlation between social disadvantage and education outcomes. That is why reform of the education system has to happen.

"I would like to thank all those who attended last night for their thoughts and for engaging with me in the education debate." ENDS

Note to Editors

The meeting was attended by the Education Minister, Department of Education officials and principals from:

  • Foyle and Londonderry College
  • Lisneal College
  • Lumen Christie College
  • Oakgrove Integrated College
  • St Brigid's College
  • St Cecilia's College
  • St Colm's College
  • St Joseph's Boys' School
  • St Mary's College
  • St Patrick's and St Brigid's High School Claudy
  • St Peter's High School
  • Thornhill College

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