Tuesday 08 September 2020
Green Party NI Education Spokesperson Councillor Simon Lee has commented on a new report from the University of Ulster suggesting that segregation is reinforced by how schools are governed in Northern Ireland.
“The Northern Ireland education system segregates the majority of our children at the age of four according to religion. Segregation is deep seated and does a disservice to our children.
“This report highlights vested interests within Boards of Governors, with appointees from either the Catholic Church or a representative from a Protestant Church on the Board.
“I’d like the Department of Education to undertake a scoping exercise to determine how many schools reserve a place on their Boards of Governors for church representatives.”
Cllr Simon Lee continued:
“Roles on Boards of Governors are unpaid and anyone willing to step up serve on a Board of Governors is doing a service to their school community.
“Unfortunately, here in Northern Ireland we have places reserved for church representatives rather than the best people for the role.”
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