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Statement from Churches is to be welcomed - Ruane

6 November, 2008 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has welcomed the statement on education issued by the four main churches.

The Minister said:

"This is a helpful intervention from the church leaders and is to be welcomed.

"Over many months I have been working to build a consensus and have met people from all sectors involved in education, including the churches. The proposals I have put forward recognise the different positions of people I met and offer a compromise through the three year transition period, during which academic selection could be used.

"I welcome the recognition from the Churches that academic selection at 11 could be replaced with the identification of educational pathways at 14.

"There is still time to reach a consensus, but we also need to bring an early conclusion to this debate and bring clarity to teachers, parents and pupils." ENDS

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