Education system is failing young
Selection as practised in Northern Ireland schools benefits the poor recipients of a grammar school education only as a by-product of supplying a free, public-school-style education to the wealthy. Many of them could afford to pay for the privilege.
The downside is the hundreds of sink schools, where teachers struggle to overcome the resource deficit which advantages their competitors in league tables.
The most recent study shows that about a quarter of adults here are effectively illiterate.