Seismic shake-up may see only two Catholic schools surviving

By Colm Bradley
A REPORT published this week looks set to utterly transform the education landscape of the county as the number of post-primary Catholic schools in Fermanagh could to be culled from nine to three with the real possibility that only two schools would actually survive.
The report, compiled by the Northern Ireland Commission for Catholic Education (NICCE), recommends that as well as two post-primary schools in Enniskillen a third secondary school is established in the south-east of the county (probably Lisnaskea) but this would be subject to approval by the Department of Education and the Minister which is be my no means guaranteed.
A move away from academic selection is also seen as an integral part of the solution to the current question of post-primary education in county Fermanagh with the report committed to the ‘transition’ away from academic selection as a ‘means of admission to any post-primary school.’


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