“Political partisanship” has prevented meaningful improvements to education during the period of devolution.

That is according to research from Northern Ireland think tank Pivotal.

“Education, Equality and the Economy” by Professor Tony Gallagher of Queen’s University Belfast was launched on Monday.

It said that Northern Ireland’s “fractious” political system has prevented changes in education for the “common good.”

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Professor Gallagher’s research paper looked at Northern Ireland’s education system since the Belfast Agreement in 1998.

‘Affluent backgrounds’

“Has our education system provided the generation of the ‘ceasefire babies’ with better options and possibilities than the generations which preceded them?” it asked.

“To what extent has devolution and local control of education had an impact on education and educational outcomes?”

Professor Gallagher said that

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