A public meeting took place in Craigavon Civic Centre last night to demonstrate support for the Dickson Plan and associated grammar schools in the area.
Upper Bann DUP MP David Simpson hosted the meeting, at which other speakers included Mervyn Storey MLA, chair of the Assembly’s education committee, local school principals and business leaders, as well as boards of governors.
Locals fear that plans from the education minister and the local board would end selection in grammar schools and merge junior high schools.
“It is imperative that the SELB and the Department of Education get a very clear and concise message that the overwhelming majority of people do not support their attempts to decimate the Dickson Plan,” said Mr Simpson.
Last week Armagh councillor Paul Berry sponsored a similar public meeting in Tandragee Golf Club in defence of the Dickson Plan, involving local community and education leaders.
He said that if the education board plans succeed, the non-selective junior high schools in the area would be merged into a single collegiate.