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Integration of pupils has made little difference

Wake up and smell the coffee, Margaret Marshall (Write Back, May 29). Integrated schools have become an alternative to grammars for a large number of the Northern Ireland middle classes.

It isn't the children of the leafy suburbs perpetrating the street violence or being attracted into paramilitary organisations.

The vast majority of our youth and their parents in the most socially deprived and explosive areas wouldn't dream of sitting in a classroom with the "other side".

Integration - and the money spent on it at the expense of maintained and controlled schools - has not made one iota of difference to solving the conflict.


Comber, Co Down

Belfast Telegraph


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