Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

DENI must not force integrated education on us

HAVING read the article on integrated education (DebateNI, June 10) and that it needs to be promoted by the Department of Education, I find that, once again, what most of us had considered to be an aspiration is now to be forced on us – no matter what the cost. This cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

The legislation gives DENI the freedom to encourage the growth of integrated education – it does not actually give it the freedom from educating all other children whose parents want them to be educated outside the integrated sector.

There is a statutory duty to educate all children of school age and the parents' choice is not only included in local legislation, but in the European human rights legislation.

ROY EDWARDS

Saintfield, Co Down

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