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What's happening to NI grammar schools?

The grammar schools debate, which gets so many politicians hot under the collar in Westminster, has reached boiling point in Northern Ireland as Sinn Fein, which has the education brief in the Stormont Assembly, is trying to ban selection.

The system in Northern Ireland is a little different to the rest of the UK: there is no private education because the middle classes are mostly happy with the 11-plus system.

Stormont Live presenter Jim Fitzpatrick explains.

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