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Friday 19 December 2014

Schools boost houses

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If I was being selfish I should be very grateful to Education Minister Caitriona Ruane.

By her statement on the future of post primary education she added at least 10% to the value of my home overnight.

This is only because I live in the east of the city with excellent schools close by.

However, in the education debate self-interest isn't my motivating factor and, like the majority of public representatives, I want the best opportunities for pupils of all abilities. Parents demand choice in education.

The Minister needs to listen to parents and give them that choice rather than destabilising grammar schools that have served Northern Ireland's children well.

The Minister well knows the surge in support for grammar schools and in following her own political dogma she does a disservice to the future well-being of parents and children from all walks of life.

Cllr Robin Newton MLA Belfast

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