Protestant boys’ attainment still too low: Weir

Education Minister, Peter Weir
Education Minister, Peter Weir

The Education Minister Peter Weir says recent improvements in educational attainment among poorer Protestant boys are welcome, but warns achievement is still too low among that demographic.

He stated: “The underachievement in the working class Protestant community in particular in relation to Protestant Boys has been the topic of much discussion and debate over recent years.

“I welcome improvement seen in recent statistics but it is still too low and is an issue I will be considering over the coming months.

“This is a societal issue and we all have an important role to play - government departments and agencies, education stakeholders, schools, voluntary and community organisations and parents.

“One of my key priorities will be to drive more ambitious improvement in every school and in every sector so that more of our young people achieve and progress.”