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.
Saintfield, Co Down