Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin 2:15 pm, 12th March 2013

It is for the parents and the board of governors to decide whether they want to transform or not.  There is a process set out in guidance and legislation which will assist any school that wishes to transform to integrated status to do so.  Any school in the controlled sector that has transformed has done so at the request of the parents and the board of governors.  There is a ballot to ensure that the majority of parents wish the transformation to take place.  So, it is a democratic process.  Why is it not happening in the Catholic maintained sector?  Because no school has asked to go through the transformation process.