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Hang on to your education vision, Mike

How disappointing that your report on the Ulster Unionist Westminster candidate Mike Nesbitt (March 13) chose to emphasise the negative rather than the positive aspects of his vision for the future of education in Northern Ireland.

What is so wrong with wanting our children to have the very best possible education so that they can develop to the full all their talents and abilities to enable them to become happy, contented and valuable citizens?

Indeed, I remember when, some years ago in England, a number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds were given places in leading grammar schools and colleges to find how this might help them develop a more positive attitude to life. How much latent ability and talent is lost to society through lack of greater scope in education?

There will always be those who argue that nothing more can be done for education, like those who proclaimed that men would never walk on the moon.

My advice to Mike Nesbitt is: hang on to the vision. For, to quote from the 'Good Book', 'where there is no vision, the people perish' (Proverbs 29:18).

MYRTLE COOKE

Newtownards, Co Down

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