Sinn Féin for sustainable communities
Sinn Féin Education spokesperson John O'Dowd has said Sinn Féin are for sustainable rural and urban communities and an education which meets the needs of the children of those communities.
Commenting on the Sustainable Schools Policy, Mr O'Dowd said:
"Sinn Féin are for sustainable rural and urban communities and an education which meets the needs of the children of those communities. We will be approaching the implementation of the Sustainable Schools policy from that starting point.
"The policy sets out six criteria for helping to assess the important issue of the viability of schools, the educational experience of children, strength of links to the community and accessibility, enrolment trends, financial position, and school leadership and management.
"All of these criteria are equally important and the debate about the future of any school does not boil down to a simple numbers equation. It must be about the ability to deliver the standards and opportunities that our children need.
"At the heart of our education system must be the quality of education delivered to children in our schools. I would call on all to consider the document carefully and put education ahead of party politics." ENDS