Ruane says parents are happy

“The vast majority of parents are happy with Transfer 2010 and know exactly where their children will go”

Education Minister Caitriona Ruane in today’s Irish News.

Simple question. Are these parents in Northern Ireland or parents on Mars?

  • Garza

    More proof that Caitriona is removed from reality.

    Sinn Fein’s slash and burn attitude towards the education system has been a disgrace.

  • willis

    Garza

    No, it is worse than that. CR knows that she can say anything she wants ( Apart from launching a surprise attack on the SF leadership) and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Another tweak on the Tiger’s tail.

    She is not removed from reality, Oh No

  • ulsterfan

    At the next Assembly election the next Minister for Education might come from DUP or UUP in which case they can undo most of the harm caused by Catriona in her failure to get agreement .
    They can not introduce the old form of 11 plus but can give support to the Grammars in their entrance examinations and remove the threat of legal challenges or at least underwrite the legal cost and protect Boards of Governors.
    WE will soon forget the nightmare of SF in charge of our children’s education and look to a better future.

  • PJcavehill

    My daughter is in primary 6 and would previously have at least been preparing for the 11plus and being taught towards it. The school is sticking to the curriculum and the school she wants to go to is operating exams admission criteria. I have no idea what school she will get into.

  • anti-reactionary

    Having been living here for the past 6 years I’m still astonished to see how backwards can many people be when it comes to the education system. We don’t have this selective and elitist system called 11+ in Europe.

    The majority of teachers and specialists in Ireland are against 11+. Those who are in favour of it are the same ones who pretend to keep an inequal society and discriminate working class children.

    I support Ruane’s brave decision to, despite the powerful reactionary forces, take steps to change forever the injust 11+ system.

  • Reader

    anti-reactionary: We don’t have this selective and elitist system called 11+ in Europe.
    We don’t have the 11+ here, either. And since when did ‘selective’ and ‘elitist’ become bad things in their proper context?
    anti-reactionary: The majority of teachers and specialists in Ireland are against 11+.
    Are you including in your count the ones who have preferred to have their own children educated in a grammar school?

  • igor

    We don’t have this selective and elitist system called 11+ in Europe.

    That’s just nonsense. In France in the cities its even worse

  • Archie P

    Obviously the Ruanator was speaking to her neighbours in County Louth….which begs the question, why the hell is she in charge of our education system in Northern Ireland?

  • Comrade Stalin

    At the next Assembly election the next Minister for Education might come from DUP or UUP in which case they can undo most of the harm caused by Catriona in her failure to get agreement .

    For that to happen the DUP would have to pick Education as their first pick and allow SF to potentially take Finance. Not necessarily a bad idea, as they would gain popularity by implementing something with broad support. I’ve yet to see any Finance minister take any measures of note, and it could well be a poisoned chalice in the years to come in any case.

  • JD

    Comrade Stalin,

    Your post is predicated on the DUP still being the largest party after the next Assembly elections (ie first pick), following the results in the recent European election this shown to be highly unlikely, therefore the carve up of ministries and resulting reform will be very interesting indeed.