A survey of parental opinion on education was carried out between 1990-92. It sought parental views on education in general, cross community contact, curriculum changes and integrated education. The final report was submitted to the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights.
The results are shown on the following screens.
Opinions on education in general
Perceptions concerning equal opportunity to progress into third level education
While the Education and Library Boards recognise the parents' right to send their children to segregated schools they nevertheless expect children to attend the respective school which is most convenient.
Cross-community links & relationsQ12. Do you think that it is a good idea for children from Catholic and Protestant schools to meet and work together as part of school activities?
'Bridge building' initiatives
EMU is meant to give all children in Northern Ireland the opportunity to learn about each other and to meet more often to do joint projects. It is now legally a compulsory part of the school curriculum.
Mixed MarriagesIn a report called 'Breaking the Mould', it was claimed that parents who sent their children to integrated schools were quite often from mixed marriages.
It may be useful to consider the geographical percentage of mixed marriages in Northern Ireland.