Record numbers take entrance exams to Catholic Grammar schools…

Simon Doyle in the Irish News today notes two interesting facts regarding selective education in Northern Ireland. One is that five years after a state run and funded 11+ the number of entrants is rising annually; by ten per cent since they were first introduced.

And the other is a recognition by the current Education Minister, John O’Dowd, that he does not have “the power to bring it to an end..” He called instead for more lobbying, “those opposed must act and act now, not in favour of my policy but in favour of their own.”

That sounds suspiciously like “I haven’t got a policy…” Although it would be accurate to suggest that in fact Mr O’Dowd’s predecessor took on a fight she had no means to win

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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