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Access to integrated education essential

Polls repeatedly show that a majority of parents would like their children to attend integrated schools, but each year there are not enough places.

Under the Fresh Start Agreement, Westminster allocated an extra £500m over 10 years to facilitate integrated and shared schools.

The Department of Education has a statutory duty to encourage and facilitate the demand for integrated education, but there has been little evidence of this happening under either Sinn Fein or DUP education ministers.

It is in the interest of both these parties to maximise their votes by prolonging the divisions in our society and increasing the fear of the 'other side'.

All parents who wish their children to attend integrated schools should be able to do so.

Children of all religions (or none) and of different races will grow up with understanding, tolerance and respect for each other's culture.

MARGARET MARSHALL

Belfast

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