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Minister must re-examine his funding plans

IF Education Minister John O'Dowd is annoyed that some young people's life-chances are being decided by their parents' income (or lack of it), his proposed changes to the common funding formula do not resolve this issue (News, November 5).

Under his proposals, a child entitled to a free school meal in one school is to be denied the same level of resources from which another child in receipt of the same free school meal will benefit simply because the second school exceeds an arbitrary threshold for the proportion of its pupils who receive that meal.

That is not targeting social deprivation; that is discrimination.

Go back to the drawing board, Mr O'Dowd. Or, better still, go back to class. You might learn something.

PETER BEST

Comber, Co Down

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