Budgetary concerns to one side for now, last week the Belfast Telegraph reported that when, at the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Education Committee meeting, the UUP’s Basil McCrea expressed concerns about the proposed Education and Skills Authority
He said the role of the board of governors would be undermined by the ESA. “We are implacably opposed to a trojan horse,” he said. “This is not about education, this is about more ministerial control over schools.”
Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd’s responded by accusing the UUP MLA of political bias
John O’Dowd (Sinn Fein, Upper Bann) challenged Mr McCrea’s claims and said he was letting his judgement be clouded by his political opposition to the minister. “It is disappointing that he hasn’t taken the opportunity to look at the review of public administration in the broader sense and put aside his political views and moved on,” he said.
We’ll have to wait until next week to see if O’Dowd uses the same line against Cardinal Sean Brady.. From the BBC report
The future of Catholic education in Northern Ireland is under “significant threat” from planned reforms, Cardinal Sean Brady has claimed. He said plans to centralise control of education could “undermine the ethos” of Catholic schools.
Also from the BBC report
The cardinal, who is the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, appealed to people to lobby politicians to “safeguard the right of parents to have their children educated in Catholic schools”.
He asked politicians to “respect the hard-won right of Catholic parents to have fair and appropriate support from the state for Catholic schools”.