Bid to abolish academic selection will fail: Robinson

By William Graham and Michael McHugh in the Irish News 15/01/08

Any attempt to abolish academic selection will fail, finance minister Peter Robinson has warned.

The fine print on the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive will have some detail on education matters. It is much more likely to agree the introduction of the ESA (Education and Skills Authority), another sop to the Sinn Fein agenda, than reveal necessary detail on the thorny issue of the 11-plus and academic selection.