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Why are there so few integrated schools here?

THE Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) has been claiming that integrated education is failing, as only 7% of children attend integrated schools. Whose fault is that?

The Belfast Agreement made it clear that there was a duty to encourage integrated education; many controlled schools have successfully transformed to integrated status, but no CCMS school has done so.

Poll after poll indicates that a large majority of parents from all backgrounds would like their children to attend integrated schools.

But, each year, large numbers of children are turned away from their first choice of an integrated school because of the shortage of places.

Separate schools sharing the same campus, but with a different ethos, uniforms and classes, will only share traffic chaos and will not lead to children growing up ready to live in a genuinely shared society.

MARGARET MARSHALL

Belfast

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