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Education group chairs announced
Caitriona Ruane
The education minister says area groups will make reform decisions
The chairs of the groups responsible for considering the future of post-primary education after the end of the 11-plus have been announced.

On Tuesday, Education Minister Caitríona Ruane announced that post-primary education will depend on the area children live in.

The principal of Ashfield Girls High School in Belfast, Adeline Dinsmore, will chair the central group.

The final 11-plus exam will take place this year.

Ms Ruane has been under pressure to announce what will replace the exam, but has insisted she will rushed into the decision process.

The central group and five area groups have been given a deadline of October 2008 to report back on their recommendations.

Joe Martin, the former chief executive of the Western Education and Library Board will be deputy chairperson of the central group.

Tom Shaw, former chief inspector in the Education and Training Inspectorate - Belfast area group
Pat McAleavey, Principal of St Patrick's High School, Keady - southern area group
Maighréad Martin, former principal of St Catherine's College, Armagh - south eastern area group
John Young, former principal of Sullivan Upper School in Holywood - north eastern area group
Revd Robert Herron, vice chairperson of the Transferor Representative's Council - western area group

The former chief inspector in the Education and Training Inspectorate, Tom Shaw, will chair the Belfast area group, and Pat McAleavey, the principal of St Patrick's High School, Keady, will chair the southern area group.

Maighréad Martin, the former principal of St Catherine's College, Armagh, will chair the south eastern area group and the former principal of Sullivan Upper School in Holywood, John Young, will chair the north eastern area group.

Revd Robert Herron, vice-chairperson of the Transferor Representative's Council will chair the western area group.

The six groups will make decisions on where schools should be built, how they can share classes, how more subjects can be offered to pupils at GCSE and A level, and how transport to schools can be made more efficient.

The central group will take the lead, with representatives from the education and library boards and sectors such as Catholic, integrated and Irish language.

The other five groups will deal with local situations.

Unionist members are concerned that the representatives of protestant churches are not officially listed as members of the groups.

But the minister says all sections of the community will be represented on the groups.

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