Post primary schools congratulated

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013
The future looks bright for young people across South Armagh following the publication of School Performance tables earlier in the week which place local post primary schools among the top 20 in the north. Commenting on the news Sinn Fein Councillor Colman Burns said, “It is hugely important to the future of our young people that our local schools remain at the top end of the school performance tables. “These lists were first published in 2006 and, since then, have shown a significant improvement in the overall results throughout the North. In the non-grammar table, our three South Armagh schools, St Joseph’s Crossmaglen, Newtownhamilton High and St Paul’s Bessbrook have appeared in the top twenty in terms of school exam performance. “This is very welcome news indeed and shows the tremendous effort that is being made by staff and pupils alike. I would like to congratulate the teachers and pupils of all three schools for continuing to produce great results thus ensuring a better future and greater opportunities in the years ahead.” The Councillor continued, “I hope that circumstances change so that less of our talented youth will be forced to emigrate to find employment. In the meantime, we must continue to ensure that all our young people have access to the best educational experience.” In addition, schools in the Newry area performed exceptionally in both the grammar and non-grammar sectors, as Mickey Brady added, “I was delighted to see the majority of Newry post primary schools performing very well in these ‘league tables’. The fact that some non-grammar schools performed more highly than their pupil selecting counterparts surely makes the argument for the removal of academic selection.”
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