Comment from Tina Merron, CEO of the Integrated Education Fund in response to the recent DUP education policy document.
It is very disappointing that, in a major policy document, the DUP has made no positive reference to integrated education and its role in a future education system for Northern Ireland.
Throughout the paper the party makes repeated reference to parental choice and to what it says parents and communities want for their children. Successive independent surveys (including the OFMDFM’s own Good Relations Indicators research) have shown clearly that the majority of people would like to see integrated education as the main model for our education system. Further, a majority of people see integrated education as a major contributor to a shared future. Unfortunately, for many families who would opt for an integrated school the choice is not available to them. (more…)Read More