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We can learn much from Canada: John O'Dowd

By Anna Maguire

Northern Ireland could take lessons about breaking the link between social disadvantage and educational attainment from the Canadian education system, the Education Minister has said.

John O'Dowd – who is in Ontario on a fact-finding trip – met with his Canadian counterpart Liz Sandals during a visit to Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute in Toronto yesterday.

"The Canadian education system is recognised as a system that delivers high educational outcomes for its young people.

"Successive international surveys place Canada above the international average in the key areas of reading, mathematics and science," Mr O'Dowd said.

"I explained to minister Sandals the challenges we are facing in breaking the link between social disadvantage and educational attainment.

"Ontario is leading the way within Canada.

"Ontario is one of the few jurisdictions in the world that demonstrates a small gap in performance between high and low-income students.

"This is something that I am working hard to deliver in our education system," added Mr O'Dowd.

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