Merger may cause equality imbalance
The proposed merger between Stranmillis and Queen's faces serious equality implications for the training and employment of teachers in Northern Ireland.
For many years, Stranmillis has attracted students from the Protestant community.
The perception that Stranmillis is a Protestant institution will disappear after the merger.
St Mary's College will remain as a distinctly Catholic college continuing to prepare Catholic teachers for Catholic schools.
The legitimate right to tax-funded Catholic education is not the issue. What is at issue is the privileged access to teacher-training which the Catholic community enjoys and which the proposed merger will exacerbate.
If the Assembly approves the Stranmillis-Queen's merger, what measures will it put in place to ensure the Protestant community and its schools are not adversely affected?
Portadown, Co Armagh