Not, apparently, if you’re the Northern Ireland Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitriona Ruane. Given the rare opportunity of the Education Minister actually in the studio, Jim Fitzpatrick asks, a number of times, whether the “awful prospect” of de-regulation by default, that the Minister has been threatening to press ahead with, will be a worse scenario than retaining academic selection.. [Nevermind the detail, onward! – Ed] Interestingly, along with co-opting the Churches intervention onto her side of the argument, she does seem to concede that post-primary transfer is part of the “wide range of issues” being discussed between Sinn Féin and the DUP – “we won’t negotiate through the media”. That “package deal” approach has already had its critics.
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