Education: NI's over and underachievers

Malachi O’Doherty takes aim at Prince Charles’s recent comments on education, noting the very particular circumstances of education in Northern Ireland, “Our grammar schools are top of the British league tables while a quarter of the population is functionally illiterate. The next rung below us on the literacy ladder is Poland”. Meanwhile David Vance defended Charles.

  • alex s

    its sad that on a blogging site used by those who benifited from whats best about our education system no-one has anything to say on the subject of the province’s educational underachievers

  • Moderate Unionist

    The question is why does the education system fail the bottom 25%. Is it because the schools or teachers aren’t good enough, or because the pupils are taught the wrong subjects, (Maths instead of woodwork for example?). Or is it to do with attitude (either personal or the community)?

  • alex s

    attitude, secondary schools are seen as the schools for those that failed their transfer test, yet in reality those who go on to ‘serve their time’ often make a dann sight more money than a lot of their grammar school counterparts!