“If I do not receive the support for this legislative approach..”

The Irish News summarises the Education Minister’s message to the primary school principals featured in a Belfast Telegraph article last month – “My way or free-for-all” [subs for now]. The Telegraph covers the story here and from the ministerial letter

“I was surprised, and a little disappointed, to read the comments relating to my proposals for changes to transfer arrangements attributed to you in the Belfast Telegraph. I have been very clear in all my public statements that I do not believe we need to subject our 10 and 11 year old children to a selection test

“I have said that I expect every primary school principal and teacher to deliver the statutory curriculum and not be diverted by any post-primary school’s particular admissions requirements. The revised curriculum is all that P6 children need to prepare them for transfer in 2010

“I have repeatedly said I want a sound legislative basis for the proposals. If I do not receive the support for this legislative approach, then transfer in 2010 will be unregulated. This is a situation which is not in the best interests of our children and I sincerely hope it will not arise.”

It’s not as if nobody had mentioned that vacuum..

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  • slug

    “I have repeatedly said I want a sound legislative basis for the proposals. If I do not receive the support for this legislative approach, then transfer in 2010 will be unregulated. This is a situation which is not in the best interests of our children and I sincerely hope it will not arise.”

    That finally clears it up: it will be unregulated.

  • Pure, unadulterated incompetence. It just gets worse.

  • William

    The arrogance of this Louth living lady…not even living in the area that she is ‘governing’. She is totally incompetent, hence the reason that the Herman Munster lookalike, John O’Dowd was parachuted in to replace the Lagan Valley incompetent, Paul Butler.

    This lady should be promoted by Sinn Fein….back to the West Belfast ProvoFest or to look for the Colombia 3, now lost in the dying Celtic tiger state of Eire.

  • DC

    I think parental choice is important besides what have those MLAs running the Stormont State done for us so far over the last year or so – nothing. Exactly.

    Better off being worked at a more localised level.

    The days of one minister knowing all are over I’m afraid. Choice is king nowadays, whether it is vocational / academic / mixture of both, etc.

  • JD

    What the Minister is trying to address is the ongoing campaign led by the Irish News and Belfast Telegraph to spin the lie that there is no plan coming from the Catriona Ruane and that if they continue to say that confusion prevails then confusion will prevail. The campaign is inspired for different reasons: the Belfast Telegraph because supports academic selection and the Irish News because it continues to adopt an SDLP line in attacking or not covering SF ministers.

    The plan is to end academic selection (as a compromise phased out after 3 Years)and replace it with parental/pupil choice rather than the grammar shools choice.

    Unionism is blocking her proposals at the Executive by refusing to discuss them (before the meetings ended). If this situation persists then the Minister will have no choice but to establish the new system through guidelines which some of the grammar schools have said they will ignore.

    That is the reality of the situation.

  • JD,

    Do you really believe that? Where is the plan? Show me the details of it, because in what you’ve said I don’t see it. Abolishing selection is a great thing. But between 2002 and the re-establishment of the Executive, what was done by the Minister’s party to plan for the day they got the department back, and to follow through on the abolition by McGuinness? The answer looks like sweet FA.

    As for your comments on the media. The SDLP and UUP say the opposite, that it is them who are ignored by the media. No-one ever feels they get enough support. But why doesn’t Jim Gibney use his column to get around the supposed censorship of the Irish News? I suspect because there are no concrete plans, just buzzwords and leaving it to reviews.

  • JD

    Garibaldy,

    I am afraid it is you who is choosing to ignoring the plan. Go on the Dept of Education website click on Transfer procedure and read.

    I am not refering to press censorship, although Irish News is a joke, but instead a sustained campaign by these newspapers targeted at the minister for their own reasons.

  • Thanks for the info JD, but I can see no clear and concrete proposals on that page. Instead I see references to what criteria will be used, what the Minister wants to do after a period of consultation etc, but no concrete details as to what is going to actually happen. I would love to talk in loving detail about the plan, criticising the bits I don’t like and praising those I do. But there is no such plan. Just a “vision”.

  • neil

    JD,

    I’m a Republican, so in general would have been sympathetic to Catriona Ruane’s position from the offset. I also think that an end to academic selection is necessary as it does the kids no good.

    But to say “Unionism is blocking her proposals at the Executive by refusing to discuss them” is stretching things a touch. As I recall when Ruane appeared before a scrutiny committee who were charged with discussing the proposals, she spent about half an hour attacking Sammy Wilson and then left without answering any questions.

    The arrogance! She’s supposed to be doing a job, if she gets called before a panel of assembly members to explain her plans, then she’d better get the fuck on with it.

    The woman’s a liability in my opinion, (I believe her sole qualification for the education ministerial role to be her unthreatening mousey voice that she could use to berate a timid six year old without scaring the child) – everything about her grates my nerves, she should be booted off side where she can do less damage to SF’s electoral chances.

    CODEWORD – OFF.
    Nice one.

  • the future’s bright the future’s orange

    I think she’s great entertainment. Scary that she actually has any responsibility but she’s sooooooooo imcompetent she’s halarious. Please don’t sack her Marty!

  • JD

    Neil, you may not like her personality that’s fine but the policy she is implementing is her party’s and it has broad support in the community, is long overdue and quite simply it is the right thing to do for our children. Her performance at one committee meeting under sustained attack from unionists is frankly irrelevant, although personally, I agree with you should never walkout take the fuckers on

  • Reader

    JD: and it has broad support in the community, is long overdue and quite simply it is the right thing to do for our children.
    In order, no it doesn’t, no it isn’t, and no it isn’t. It’s here lies over the first point, and her utter inability to make any sort of case for the other two that has left her with the credibility problem that is constantly highlighted here.
    JD: I agree with you should never walkout take the fuckers on
    Answering a question would have been a good start! Though if she can address a committee for half an hour and still not make her case, maybe answering questions would have been a waste of everyone’s time too.

  • DC

    I don’t actually see why any educational body or organisation should take Caitriona Ruane seriously as both she and her own party won’t sit down face-to-face at an executive table with others who hold differing views. So be it then for others to do similar by fashioning their views in similar ways, like go away Caitriona, bye bye now, until you can sit down and work with your own executive key stakeholders and all that.

    A government that refuses to govern is not entitled to be called a government.

    Ergo, she carries no authority due to the inability of her own party to govern effectively thereby giving up any entitlement to exert authority unto others through the incompetence to govern within her own specific realm of authority.

    Tatty bye Cat.

  • GuptaSingh

    My son is in P6. We have never mentioned the balls Stormont and the Minister are making of this and yet over the last two weeks he has asked me what school is he going to next and how does he get there. I can’t answer that. When are the parents and Primary schools going to get together and start a real protest over this?