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Education Minister John O'Dowd's Portuguese pupil pledge

By Staff Reporter

Education Minister John O'Dowd has met the Portuguese Consul-General to discuss educational issues affecting the migrant Portuguese school-age population.

Dr Carlos de Sousa Amaro is visiting the Portadown area this week and Mr O'Dowd said he was pleased to raise the educational needs of the Portuguese community living in Northern Ireland.

"They are among 10,000 newcomer children in our schools and indications are that these numbers are increasing. My expectations for newcomer pupils are no less than for any other child," he said.

The minister outlined how his department assists newcomer pupils: "The Inclusion and Diversity Service provides support and capacity-building training to all grant-aided schools and special schools for newcomer pupils."

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