Grammar school postcode lottery..?

DURING Gerry Adams’ speech today, he mentioned some education statistics that raised a few eyebrows. While bigging up Education Minister Caitriona Ruane’s abolition of the 11-plus, Adams said: “Look at last year’s figures for children transferring from primary school to grammar school. Now just take the Belfast figures – it’s the same all over the six counties. On the Falls, 44. On the Shankill, 10. On the Malone Road, 214. There’s something wrong there folks.” There certainly is, but I hope it’s not the stats, as they’re pretty startling (and neatly covered the fact that the replacing of the 11-plus is a complete shambles).

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