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 Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin 2:30, 14 October 2002

The Good Friday Agreement states that an essential aspect of the reconciliation process is the promotion of a culture of tolerance at every level of society, including initiatives to facilitate and encourage integrated education. Since taking up office, I have clearly demonstrated my commitment to the duty that the agreement places on my Department.

The question of teacher-training institutions can be answered only after full discussion and debate, not only with the teacher-training institutions but also with the schools and colleges that they serve. The practical implications of the Member’s question are primarily a matter for my Colleague, the Minister for Employment and Learning.