This is probably a first for me in highlighting something positive from Sinn Fein but credit where credit is due - John O'Dowd has, to his credit, been waging a campaign against posh schools who operate a deliberate policy of social apartheid by enforcing a school uniforms policy which effectively excludes children from poor backgrounds, because of of prohibitive cost.
According to this evening's Belfast Telegraph, Mr. O'Dowd has had enough and has threatened to introduce legislation if schools continue to ignore his department's guidlines on the issue.
In the report, apparently even a blazer alone can cost as much as £120, so it is easy to imagine that the overall cost could stretch into several hundred pounds for one child alone, and for parents on a tight budget with three kids the cost incurred could match the price of a continental holiday for two.
It is time to call a halt to this scandal.
Well done John O'Dowd...................credit where credit is due. My advice to you, in the unlikely event that SF policy makers ever look in on this site, is to introduce legislation to make the school headmaster legally responsible for providing free uniforms for all children, if he/she decides to breach the guidelines. My (fairly extensive) experience of teachers over the years, is that, for some reason, they are a remarkably stingy bunch generally, and seem to know the value of a pound.