Paisley Seeks Clarity Over Education Concerns

January 17, 2014

Ian Paisley MP questioned the Secretary of State for Education this week about how A-level and O-level qualifications will be treated with regards to progression into institutions of further and higher education throughout mainland UK. The North Antrim MP invited Michael Gove MP to Northern Ireland to meet with educationists to assure them directly that Northern Ireland qualifications will be in no way inferior to those of the rest of the United Kingdom when entered in to the selection process for continued study. Mr Gove gladly accepted the invitation and commented “It is vital that we reassure students and teachers in Northern Ireland that the qualifications they sit will be valued and access to universities in the rest of the United Kingdom will be upheld.”
Mr Paisley concluded “This is a very positive response from the Education Secretary and I will propose some dates to him in the immediate future for a visit to give him the chance to come in to some of our schools.”
“Northern Ireland has an outstanding education system and any potential hindrance beyond our young people’s control that could block their continued path to success needs to be eliminated without hesitation. I look forward to welcoming Mr Gove to Northern Ireland very soon.”

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