Archbishop Eamon Martin has told Leaving Cert and A Level students that the Covid-19 emergency has "gatecrashed what is such an important and special year in your lives, and it has left you wondering: what happens next?”
But it could also be an opportunity for the new government to learn some lessons about how education could be designed more equitably.
Iona Institute says parents’ wishes must be front and centre of any revision as it is their children who are being taught and parents are the primary educators.
“Education unlocks potential but the State is denying many children the key because it is failing to see its fundamental role in ensuring the education system is adequately funded to ensure all children have what they need to learn the curriculum.”
The merger of the Little Flower Girls’ School and St Patrick’s College, a boys’ school, will result in the creation of a new co-educational school for 1,119 students.
Desertmartin is a Church of Ireland primary school while Knocknagin is a Catholic Maintained Primary. The two are set to make history by becoming the first jointly-run church school in Northern Ireland.
At the launch of Catholic Schools Week, CPSMA General Secretary criticises league tables in which educationally gifted are valued and those who are not are shunned.