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Four out of 10 state schools, for which data was available, taught the earlier 1920-49 unit, compared with just one in 10 Catholic schools

Four out of 10 state schools, for which data was available, taught the earlier 1920-49 unit, compared with just one in 10 Catholic schools

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Four out of 10 state schools, for which data was available, taught the earlier 1920-49 unit, compared with just one in 10 Catholic schools

DUP MP Sammy Wilson says he believes some state schools shy away from teaching recent Northern Ireland history because teachers want to avoid controversy.

Mr Wilson was speaking after a survey suggested that the curriculum itself could be dividing schools along the lines of the conflict. It shows that the overwhelming majority of Catholic schools teach a more modern unit, which covers 1965-98 and majors on the civil rights campaign and the Troubles.

But just under half of state schools teach the 1920-49 period instead, which features the Second World War.