Archive for January 23rd, 2006

Dodgy Sums and the 11 plus

Working-class hero and QC Bob McCartney is spearheading the rearguard action to save academic selection in Northern Ireland and save the province from falling into the abyss that it managed to stay out of all during the 35-odd years of conflict.

He says:

Northern Ireland sends 42.5% of its students to university from disadvantaged homes. The comprehensive system sends 28.2%

Last February, Barry Gardiner said:

only 7 per cent. of children from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds go to grammar schools, unlike the rest of the post-primary sector where 29 per cent. of children from disadvantaged backgrounds attend the secondary school sector, so to say that that is the way through for bright children from poor backgrounds really is a myth.

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