Sinn Féin meet SELB Chief

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Conor Murphy has led a delegation including Assembly Member Cathal Boylan and councillors Gerard Paul White and Dáire Hughes to meet the Chief Executive and senior officials of the Southern Education & Library Board. Murphy described the meeting, which took place in SELB headquarters on Wednesday 22nd January, as ‘a positive engagement which must be regularly repeated.’ During the meeting items discussed included area planning and the continuous development of primary and post primary schools in the Newry Armagh constituency; provision for special educational needs; transport issues particularly in rural areas and the maintenance of school buildings. Murphy told Newry Times, “Myself and my colleagues Cathal, Gerard Paul and Daire each represent different parts of the constituency so we each brought the concerns of our areas to the table for discussion. This was a positive engagement with the most senior officers in the SELB. “Many of the queries we raised were in relation to individual cases and I am confident that the SELB personnel took our concerns on board and will work towards addressing outstanding issues. Sinn Féin is fully committed to ensuring the educational system provides the correct framework for each pupil to develop to their full potential. “It is no longer the case that the education system sponsors the branding of the majority of children ‘failures’ at age 11. Sinn Féin is working towards the creation of a schools estate where every school is a good school and every child leaves formal education with qualifications. Murphy added, “We will continue to meet with SELB officers to maintain our good working relationship and to ensure that the concerns of the people whom we represent are heard and addressed.”
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