Ms Ruanes (The education Minister) comments: c hildren's post- primary education in Northern Ireland will depend on the area they live in. It is believed that co-operation between schools and colleges in sharing facilities and expertise is crucial. " What we are proposing in future is a situation where young people will have a choice of at least 24 courses at key Stage 4 and 27 at post-16". there will be "at least one third academic, at least a third vocational or technical and the other third made up of an appropriate combination of the two".
In the nearest future… Education Minister hopes that a new system can begin to be established in April However, full area-based plans covering pre-school, primary and post-primary on the model outlined are not expected to be in place until 2010 at the earliest.