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Extension of Education Maintenance awards must be part of wider campaign of educational reform

20 April, 2004


Sinn Fein Councillor for East Belfast, Joe O'Donnell today broadly welcomed the Governments decision to extend the Education Maintenance Awards to include local secondary school students.

While still having concern of the means testing of some qualifying families Councillor O'Donnell said:

"Sinn Fein believes that our education system should provide all our children with equal opportunities to develop their potential and to avail of the broadest curriculum choice" The extension of the Education Maintenance Awards is something we have lobbied for and was included in our mini-manifesto for South and East Belfast, 'Turning the Tide', which Alex Maskey and I launched last year.

"This Award Scheme will undoubtedly help lower income families who want the best for their children but have found it financially difficult in the past.

It will also act as an incentive to young people to continue with their education and to achieve better qualifications for the modern job market.

Sinn Fein will continue to campaign on a wide range of educational reform issues, which we are confident, will also be implemented." ENDS

e with their education and to achieve better qualifications for the modern job market.

Sinn Fein will continue to campaign on a wide range of educational reform issues, which we are confident, will also be implemented." ENDS

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