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Welcome for Edmund Rice School Trust Decision on Academic Selection

28 June, 2012

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Daithi McKay has welcomed the decision by Edmund Rice School Trust to move away from selection at eleven.

Mr McKay stated,

“The announcement by Edmund Rice Schools Trust which runs the Abbey Grammar in Newry, St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar in west Belfast and the CBS Grammar in Omagh that they will phase out academic selection is to be welcomed.

“Academic selection has failed the majority of children and does nothing to enhance academic excellence amongst the pupils.  Moving away from selection at eleven will bring equality into the classroom and allow all of our children the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.

“The Catholic Bishops have recently called on grammar schools to move away and the response from Edmund Rice School is very positive indeed.  I would call on other grammar schools to follow suit and move away from selection now.”

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