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Why NI syllabus needs to be rewritten so pupils can learn both 'sides' of the story

Michael Davies


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This year nearly 7,000 students were supposed to sit the history GCSE History exam in Northern Ireland, and if they'd been able to, they would have been examined on either the history of Northern Ireland 1920-49, or the history of Northern Ireland 1965-98.

If they attended a Roman Catholic school the strong likelihood (90%) is that they will have studied the later topic and if they attended a Protestant non-selective state school there's a 66% chance they would have studied the earlier topic.

Two question arise immediately. Why this disparity? And does it matter?