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Outsiders should not meddle in our schools

Published 08/12/2006

Was anyone from the review team of the Bain Report actually from Northern Ireland?

Let's start with Professor George Bain, the head of it all who, of course, is Canadian.

However, let's give him some credit as he was president and vice-chancellor of Queen's University - though if I remember rightly, a pretty unpopular one.

He also previously made himself quite unpopular with the firefighters.

Moving on, the next person on the review team is Michael O'Neill, from North Lanarkshire Council.

And I can't forget Vivian Thomas, from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.

The secretary (Matthew Murray), is the only person who is possibly from Northern Ireland. Somehow, I doubt it.

This is our education system that they were 'reviewing' and yet are any of them from here?

They're recommending 61 of our schools for closure, which none of them have probably ever even set foot in before.

What's going on?

R E Kane Dundonald

Belfast Telegraph

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