I’ll tell you a story in the language you will understand
In the beginning the Empire created state primary education.
And in Ireland the schools were without organizers, and teachers; and ignorance was upon the face of the children. And the Christian Churches moved to take over the schools which became denominational.
And men said, Let there be rebellion: and there was rebellion.
And the Empire saw the rebellion, .
and divided the North from the South.
And the Empire called the South the Free State, and the North it called Northern Ireland
And darkness fell upon Catholics in the North.
And the Education Minister of a Protestant State for a Protestant people said, Let there be state education in the midst of the 6 counties, and let it divide Christians from Papists.
And Protestant churches transferred their schools to state control and Catholic churches maintained control over their schools
And it was so.
And the Minister called the Catholic schools maintained schools .
And demands for civil rights were the second day.
And the ex-Empire said, Let the people in the province be gathered together under Direct Rule,
and let Power-sharing appear
and it was so.
And Power sharing said
to a Bill of Rights and
to the Gaelic Act,
to the Equality Agenda and to a Racial Equality Strategy,
to the North South Consultative Forum
to a victim centred truth and reconciliation process,
to the Weston Park commitment and
to The International Maze/Long Kesh Peace centre
And the DUP and the Loyal orders saw every thing they had done since the St Andrew’s Agreement, and, behold, it was very good.
But Examination Boards said maintained schools bring forth more passes than controlled schools, yielding more university students,
and it is so.
And the DUP and Loyal Orders saw that it was not good.
And DUP leader Peter Robinson said the Northern Ireland education system as a “benign form of apartheid which is fundamentally damaging to our society”. Britishness was being chipped away.
And Loyal Orders saw that it was not good
And Peter Robinson decided that his majority was shrinking and said “Catholic Outreach‘.
And the Assembly said, Let there be lights in the firmament of Stormont to abolish the maintained schools; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
and the DUP and Loyal Orders saw that it was good
And Peter Robinson espoused integrated education for every living child that moveth, which the schools brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every traditional Unionist/Loyalist after his kind: and Peter saw that it was good.
Let the Union bring forth abundantly the Catholic that swears allegiance, that Unionists may fly above the earth in the Stormont Assembly
And the evening and the morning of the Flegs protests
and Twadell Civil Rights Camp
were the third day.
DUP and Loyal orders have ensured Catholics got little from the GFA and decided to take their schools away from them
DUP espousal of the primacy of children being educated together is as “political” as the intent of their Unionist forebears nearly a century ago .
DUP is required to do something they have not done before; make the union attractive to large swathes of Catholics who would self-identify as Irish, a demographic they have traditionally done their utmost to antagonise.
Latest Results in Education
PROTESTANT children continue to lag behind their Catholic counterparts when it comes to academic achievement in schools right across Northern Ireland, according to new data released by the Department of Education.
In 2011/12, 59.1 per cent of Catholic school leavers achieved two or more A levels compared to 51.8 per cent of Protestant school leavers.
Equally, 63.5 per cent of Catholic school leavers left with at least five GCSEs at grades A* – C or equivalent including GCSE English and maths, and 78.8 per cent left with at least five GCSEs at grades A* – C.
The corresponding proportions for Protestant school leavers were 60.2 per cent and 73.8 per cent respectively.
And 19.7 per cent of Protestant boys entitled to free school meals achieve at least five GCSEs at grades A* – C or equivalent including GCSE English and Maths compared with 33.2 per cent of Catholic boys entitled to free school meals.
Catholic girls entitled to free school meals (43.8 per cent) outperform Protestant girls entitled to free school meals (32.4 per cent) in achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A* – C or equivalent including GCSE English and maths.
When religion of pupil is considered 39.2 per cent of Protestant school leavers enter Institutions of Higher Education compared with 45.2 per cent of Catholic school leavers.
Last October the Sentinelreported how just 25 Protestant boys in receipt of free school meals who attended non-grammar schools throughout Northern Ireland went to university in 2011.
There were even fewer (23) Protestant boys from deprived backgrounds who progressed from grammar schools to university. http://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/news/local/protestant-pupils-still-lag-behind-catholic-counterparts-at-gcse-1-5350314
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