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Ae new report concluded that the current education system is “unsustainable” (David Jones/PA)

Ae new report concluded that the current education system is “unsustainable” (David Jones/PA)

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Ae new report concluded that the current education system is “unsustainable” (David Jones/PA)

Academics at Ulster University have called for a complete reform of the education system in Northern Ireland after a new report concluded that the current system is “unsustainable”.

In a comprehensive paper looking at how education is run, the report, published by the university’s Unesco Education Centre, said the influence of the church and politics had created a confused, bloated and ultimately costly system that is no longer fit for purpose without ambitious and radical reform.

The paper found that “vested interests of the churches and the traditional political blocs” had been major contributing factors to failures in the system.


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