Education Minister responds to comments made on education
Responding to the comments made by the British Secretary of State, Education Minister Caitríona Ruane said;
"It is irresponsible to make ill-informed comments about areas which are not your responsibility. Mr Patterson is thankfully not in charge of any Department in the north of Ireland. He is attempting to divert public attention away from the fact that his government is proposing to slash public spending.
“Owen Patterson would be better focussed adhering to the St Andrews governmental agreement.
“No-one is more aware than me of the past inefficiencies in education. There is a responsibility on anyone dealing with public monies to act in an effective and efficient manner. As Education Minister I am on record stating that the Education and Library Boards are not the most effective and efficient way of dealing with education issues or managing public funds. That is why I have brought forward proposals to create one body - the Education and Skills Authority." CRÍOCH