‘Time to end academic selection’ says O’Dowd

“The outdated Dickson plan is just another crude form of academic rejection,” said an Upper Bann MLA during a vote on academic selection.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 11:24 am

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd, speaking after his party motion in the assembly passed, said it’s time to end academic selection.

“It’s welcome that Sinn Fein’s motion to end academic selection passed in the Assembly.

“We have called on the Education Minister to put in place a process to end academic selection.

Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd
Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd

“The problems faced in the controlled sector in Lurgan can be directly linked to the ongoing protection of the outdated Dickson plan which is just another crude form of academic rejection.

“All the evidence shows, including the most recent report from Ulster University, that academic selection damages children.

“For that reason it should end now, and we look forward to the Minister taking the right decision and taking it as soon as possible.”

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