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‘All-Ireland co-operation key to educational future’ - McKay

19 September, 2011

Enhancing all-Ireland co-operation on education is key to ensuring that all our children reach their full potential, Sinn Féin education spokesperson Daithi McKay has said.

Mr. McKay was speaking ahead of a North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) sectoral meeting on education, to be held in Armagh on Wednesday.

He commented: “I welcome the fact that Sinn Féin Education minister John O’Dowd and his Dublin counterpart Ruairi Quinn will be discussing a number of issues which are crucial to the future of education on this island and the ability of our young people to reach their full potential.

“The ongoing work of the NSMC is vitally important in helping to break down barriers and disseminate good practice throughout the island and that is particularly important within education.

“Every young person right across this island has the right to leave school with the skills and qualifications, especially in literacy and numeracy, that are crucial to their life prospects – and to the success of our economy.

“We must eradicate whatever barriers that exist towards achieving that aim and the NSMC will be exploring a number of areas, including the difficulties faced by young people in terms of accessing higher education opportunities on the other side of the border.

“The problems faced by young teachers when it comes to securing employment in the other jurisdiction will also be discussed and both Ministers will move forward to the next stage of the Joint study on Education Co-operation which will indentify practical measures to enhance North South co-operation in a way which will help us deliver the kind of world-leading education service across this island which our young people deserve.”

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