SDLP: Ramsey says ‘teacher training review must recognise ethos’

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey.
SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey.

SDLP Employment and Learning spokesperson Pat Ramsey MLA has responded to the DEL Minister’s report on the review of Teacher Training by calling on Dr Farry to ensure that regardless of the way forward for the sector, that ethos and plurality be protected in the respective institutions across the region.

The Foyle assemblyman said: “There has been widespread concern that the review of initial teacher training and the system and institutions that oversee that training would adversely affect faith-based institutions, St Mary’s College in particular. The report presented by the minister today confirms that fear in the minds of many - that the particular ethos of certain institutions are under threat due to the minister’s focus on collaboration and ‘shared education’.

“St Mary’s in particular has a long and proud history in West Belfast and we have a duty to ensure that the high quality of teacher training with a Catholic ethos is preserved and the choice of those who attend or which in the future to attend that institution is protected.

“The SDLP will be meeting with institutions and interested parties as we have done in recent times to discuss the impact of the report and how we intend to move forward to ensure there is an efficient future for the sector with the intricate choice of ethos ingrained.”