Read it and weep…

DESPITE £40 million and lowering achievement targets, none of the Government’s goals in literacy have been achieved in Northern Ireland. In fakt, the sityuashun is wurse than evur.

  • missfitz

    Despite my recognition of the need for everyone to have their cultural heritage protected, and all that…
    Can someone remind me how much it has been agreed to spend on Ulster-Scots language development? And alright for the whatabouters, Irish as well.

    Surely basic literacy should be the prime objective here, and a renewed focus placed on the good old 3 r’s. I heard some of the teachers this morning saying that all of this takes time, but apparently we have a situation where a large proportion of children are leaving priamry scholl unable to read nor write.

    Are we going to produce a generation of dafty wains?

  • Yokel

    Maybe it has something to do with two things:

    1. The system moved away from basic grammar and spelling right up to exam level, to where spelling mistakes and poor grammar were less and less marked against (though this may have changed back a bit). It’s like having a GCSE maths problem where you could get the wrong answer but if you showed that you were working it ot the ‘right way’ you still got some of the marks…

    2. Some kids don’t give a fiddlers to learn and nor do their parents care to encourage them…

    Money isn’t going to solve either, though I’d be happy to transfer all the government money pumped into Irish and that non-dialect or non-language, whatever they call it, of Ulster Scots (isn’t it just a bit of Ballymena hey?), if it could make a change. Another case of poltical spending above doing the job of giving people a chance in life.

  • Crataegus


    Agree seems wrong to spend money on hobbies when some can’t grasp the basics. Need to put more resources and thought into primary school provision in areas where there is poor attainment and then perhaps think about reorganising the secondary system.


    I disagree money and resources would help. None of us chose our parents and it seems wrong that someone should be condemned at birth. These children need support, and you could have breakfast and homework clubs. Basically reduce their reliance on their parents. I have seen parents queuing up for the post office to open to get their benefits and then buying crisps for the child’s breakfast which they eat on route to school. Kids breakfast is secondary to their fags. Makes me incandescent, if you can’t look after a child your shouldn’t have one. Such behaviour is not just irresponsible it is systematic abuse. My personal Mr Hyde surfacing again.

  • willis

    I am shocked but hardly surprised at the media non-response to this report.

    Where is this “world class” education system we are supposed to have?

    Here’s the deal

    When middle class kids do well it is because of the system.

    When poor kids do badly it is their parents’ fault.