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No Reprieve for 11+ petition submitted at Stormont

10 December, 2009 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson John O’ Dowd MLA has congratulated all those involved in signing and the collecting of a petition of over 10.000 names delivered this week to the Assembly Education committee opposing any return to the failed 11plus.

Mr O’ Dowd said:

“The signature of over 10.000 names collected in a 2 week period shows the strength of feeling in regards opposition to the 11plus and academic selection.

“While sections of the media solely concentrate their attention on those schools and parents who support selection, it is clear that there are many who are opposed to selection and who have a right to have their voice heard.

“There is no educational requirement for Academic selection, there are schools all across the Island of Ireland who prove on a daily basis as to why there is no requirement to select and reject 10 and 11 year old children.

Concluding Mr O’ Dowd said :

“Academic excellence is a priority for Sinn Féin and I have no doubt those 10.000 people who signed the petition are as keenly interested in the education of their children and their broader family as anyone else.

“ It is time we moved education into the 21st century an education system based on Equality , Excellence, the needs of the Economy and one which encourages all children to meet their potential.” CRÍOCH

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