Is the reason for sectarianism in NI a result of the segregated school system which sees 180 schools with no Catholic pupils and 111 schools with no Protestant pupils?
• 493 schools in the 2011/12 year educated almost exclusively pupils of just one religion (95% or more) – compared to 827 schools in 1997/98.
• 91% of Protestant primary children attended controlled (mainly Protestant) schools and 88% of Catholic primary pupils were enrolled in Catholic maintained primaries in the last academic year.
• At the same time, 88% of Catholic post-primary pupils attended Catholic maintained or Catholic managed voluntary schools and 89% of Protestant post-primary children attended controlled schools.
• Integrated school pupil numbers have increased from 8,154 to 21,170 over the last 14 years with integrated schools increased from 33 to 62 over the same period.
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Although NI First Minister Peter Robinson promised to reduce the “benign apartheid” in education, little change is in prospect and even teachers continue to be trained separately with Stranmillis University College for training staff for the state sector and St Mary’s University College preparing teachers for Catholic maintained schools.