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Statement from Catholic secondary schools welcomed

20 April, 2009 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson John O’Dowd MLA has welcomed a statement from the Principles of Catholic secondary schools highlighting their support  for the ending  of academic selection.   Mr O’Dowd said,   “This statement agains acknowledges that the vast majority of key stakeholders within the education sector supports an education system whcih offers educational excellence for all of our children.   “The ending of the 11+ is a positive move for our children and the fact Catholic Secondary schools today have taken a stand against its replacement is good for education.The reality is that academic selection has been allowed to cloud  the excellent educational achievemnts being delivered year on year within the non Grammar sector.   "It is now time to build an holistic education system and to encourage and to recognise the work of all our educationalists." ENDS

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