College welcome as the SELB ‘finally listens to community’

Peter Aiken, chairman of Portadown Colege Board of Govenors.
Peter Aiken, chairman of Portadown Colege Board of Govenors.

Portadown College’s Board of Governors have welcomed Wednesday’s decision by the SELB to remove Option A as a possible solution to the education stalemate in Craigavon.

The College has been bitterly opposed to the plan which would see it effectively close and merge with Craigavon Senior High as part of a new bi-lateral school.

Peter Aiken, chairman of the Board of Governors, said, “I am pleased that the SELB has finally listened to the community.

“I fully expect that Portadown College Board of Governors will now take time out to consider its position so that it can enter into discussions at an appropriate time. With limited resources available for education and a rise in the school populations in the area from 2017, it is important that the needs of all our young people are considered in designing a way forward.”

However, Education Minister John O’Dowd said, “I will be seeking robust assurances aligned to a time-frame from the board as to how they intend to eradicate education inequality for the controlled sector in the Dickson Plan area.”