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Low rate of free school meal applicants highlights inequality of academic selection

9 November, 2009 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’ Dowd has said the low rate of free school meal applicants to the AQE tests, shows how unequal academic selection is.

“The average FSM entitlement in non grammar schools across the north is about 17% in Grammar schools it is 5%. These factors alone expose what a socially unjust system selection is.

Concluding Mr O’ Dowd said:

“I  would call on all those who are genuinely opposed to the socially unjust practice of Academic selection to recommit themselves to ending it, not by accommodating further testing on the false promise of ‘ give us more time and we will change’. The facts are the grammar lobby has had 50 years to change and they have continually held onto their socially unjust system.”

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