Protestant boys falling behind in their education

A Portadown councillor has called for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to highlight educational underachievement among working class Protestant boys.

The comment came as councillors discussed their response to a consultation on the Programme for Government’s framework.

Speaking at a meeting of Council’s governance, resources and strategy committee, Councillor Darryn Causby said their response must highlight the digital divide and the educational underachievement of Protestant working class boys.

The Northern Ireland Executive is, at present, working on a new long term, multi-year strategic Programme for Government.

Jonny Buckley, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows, Carla Lockhart and Darryn Causby.

Commenting on the response, Cllr Causby said: “The digital divide is prevalent at present and that needs to be highlighted, we must do more to bridge that gap.

“Also, another area that was mentioned in the New Decade, New Approach deal was the recognition of the educational attainment of working class Protestant boys.


“This is a societal issue, they are falling behind every other group in terms of educational attainment.

“It is an issue that Council needs to raise as a vital part of the consultation. It may be covered but we need to reinforce the message.

“It is hugely important, we have a large sector of our society not meeting the standard of five GCSEs at grade C or above.”

In response a council officer confirmed they would be in touch with Councillor Causby to provide further detail on the draft response and, if it needs to be strengthened it shall be.

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