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Minister meets with Fermanagh principals

5 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, continued her outreach programme by meeting with Principals in the Fermanagh area.

Speaking to 11 Principals in the Killyhevlin Hotel last night, the Minister highlighted the ongoing work in the Department of Education.

Minister Ruane said:

"This is a time of exciting change in education across a wide range of policies. It is important for me to meet with as many people from the education sector as possible so that I can hear all points of view. I am committed to ensuring every child, including those in rural areas, is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

"The Principals of these schools have the same end goal as I do, they want their pupils to excel, to succeed and to have every chance in life. I want to retain everything that is good about our current system, including academic excellence, and to improve performance of the system so it caters for the needs of all our young people.

"I am bringing forward a number of changes such as school improvement, the revised curriculum, special education needs and Irish medium review alongside transfer and the Review of Public Administration. I am very keen to hear from the leaders of education in Fermanagh on how they see the current picture. I look forward to an interesting and vigorous discussion." ENDS

Notes to Editors:

The Minister met with:

Erne Integrated College
St Comhghall's High School, Lisnaskea
Portora Royal
Mount Lourdes Grammar School
Collegiate Grammar School
St Michael's College
Erne Special School
St Eugene's College, Roslea
Lisnaskea High School
St Joseph's College, Enniskillen
St Fanchea's, Enniskillen

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