Caitriona Ruane opens £16.3m grammar extension
Education Minister Caitriona Ruane has repeated her call for an end to academic selection as she opened a new £16.3m extension to a grammar school in west Belfast
aThe minister made the comments during the opening of the new school block funded by the Department of Education. Among the invited guests were Irish President Mary McAleese, who is a former pupil of St Dominic’s grammar school.
“This school and the community it serves have the right to modern, educational facilities and are absolutely entitled to the allocated funding,” Ms Ruane said.
“However, the right to draw down large amounts of public investment carries with it responsibilities, including the responsibility to play a full and willing part in meeting the needs of all children in this community, not just the academically gifted and able.”
“Academic selection is a failed system, socially and educationally,” she added.
The minister’s comments come just days after the school hosted breakaway transfer tests for 280 pupils on Saturday.
The principal of St Dominic's, Carol McCann, said no changes to the personality of the school were planned.