Integrated Sector Takes A Hit

Alliance leader, David Ford, has voiced his anger at the decision by Education Minister, Angela Smith, to reject appeals for funding for four new Integrated schools. What is particularly revealing is the grounds cited by the Minister for rejecting the appeal- i.e. that there is already surplus capacity in school provision in the local areas concerned. Does this signal a shift away from the Good Friday Agreement by the British government in terms of its commitment to promote Integrated and Irish language schools?