One of the most apparent consequences of the democratic stasis that pertained in NI under direct rule, has been the lack of any decisive change in the Education system. With some slight changes, the system there remains in the same shape as it was when set up in its current form in 1947.
Yesterday Northern Ireland began the first step in the road to wholesale reform; the scrapping of rigourous entrance exams into the provinces Grammar School and the re-structuring of the whole system towards a more ‘comprehensive’ approach common to both Britain and the rest of Ireland.
The Burns Report can be found here.
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