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Chris Lyttle

Chris Lyttle

Chris Lyttle

A consultation has been launched ahead of a proposed private member's bill at Stormont to tackle the exclusion of teachers from fair employment legislation.

The move by Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle is seeking an end to legislation which allows discrimination on the grounds of religious belief in the recruitment of teachers in Northern Ireland's schools.

The East Belfast MLA said he believes there is increasing agreement that it is unacceptable for teachers to be excluded from the protections in The Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998.

"Research carried out by the UNESCO Education Centre at Ulster University suggests only 2% of teachers in Catholic primary schools are from a Protestant background, and in primary schools with mainly Protestant pupils, only 7% of teachers are from a Catholic background," he said, adding that he is seeking the views of the public to ask if they agree teachers should be included in the 1998 order "and propose to make this change by way of a Private Member's Bill".

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