Pre-School Nursery Places

Part of Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 11th March 2002.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 2:30 pm, 11th March 2002

In his response to a previous question, the Minister talked about equality and treated with disdain those who asked questions about fair treatment.

It is clear from the figures he has given that schools in the Unionist community that are within the North Eastern Education and Library Board and South Eastern Education and Library Board areas are being discriminated against. In Downshire, which is in my constituency, only around 25% of children are being offered pre-school places. When are children in rural constituencies in those board areas going to get fair treatment and equality and be offered the pre-school places that they have been denied? Schools, including Riverdale Primary School, that have requested pre-school places have been denied that opportunity by the pre-school education advisory group (PEAG).