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Sinn Féin Support Rural Schools

17 October, 2011 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Daithi McKay has said that Sinn Féin are determined to ensure that rural schools are not only delivering a first class service but remain at the centre of rural communities.


Speaking to a rural school motion Mr McKay stated,


“There are those who are scaremongering that planned reforms by Education Minister John O’Dowd will lead to a decline in the number and quality of rural schools.


“This is totally unfounded and I have submitted an amendment that will reflect the Sinn Féin position.


“Sinn Féin is committed to reform of the entire educational sector that will ensure that each and every school is delivering not only a first class education to the children but is also at the heart of every community.


“Rural schools play a very important role in the life of isolated communities but we must make sure that they deliver their primary function; that is educating our children to the highest standard.


“The review initiated by the Minister does not differ between rural and urban schools in that regard and each school will be judged on its own merits. The Minister has also made it quite clear that the viability of a school will be judged against a range of criteria - not simply enrolment numbers. Therefore, small schools - particularly in rural areas - are not unsustainable schools. If people are interested in the education of our children then they should support this motion and stop scaremongering about the number of rural schools that will be closed."

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