Education and inequality

Sir, – Further to Fintan O’Toole’s “What is at the root of inequality?” (September 22nd), education within such an unequal socio-economic context can offer no equal opportunities as children coming from manifestly unequal conditions have to compete with those from very privileged backgrounds.

Literacy and numeracy standards in most Deis schools are rising and the teaching standards are of at least as high quality as those in middle-class areas.

Standards in literacy and numeracy in more privileged schools are rising also and the gap between both remains.The starting point and the unequal conditions that poor children have to overcome to avail […]