Integrated Teacher-Training College

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 14 October 2002.

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Photo of Ms Jane Morrice Ms Jane Morrice NIWC 2:30, 14 October 2002

I regret that that is the only response to my question. The Minister has called for the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, page 18 of which calls for the promotion of initiatives to facilitate and encourage integrated education. My party was responsible for inserting that proposal.

Does the Minister agree that in order for integrated education to work, teachers must be trained specifically in that area? As he takes the lead in policy, will he not agree to push for an integrated teacher-training college as one of his last deeds in the Assembly? Is it not a fact that teacher training is the only segregated third-level education system, and is that not an utter disgrace?