British colonial students are leaving the north of Ireland
ALARM has been expressed at the low number of Protestant students choosing to attend higher education institutions in Northern Ireland.
Tom Elliott, Ulster Unionist Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA, said he was shocked to discover just how many more Roman Catholics are staying in the Province to study - suggesting a Protestant brain drain.
As a result of an Assembly question on university students, he discovered that the number of Protestant full-time and part-time students in 2004/2005 was 12,761 compared to 17,207 Roman Catholic students.
And in the year 2005/2006, the number of Protestant students was 13,806 to 18,798 Roman Catholic students.
“These figures show 5,000 more Roman Catholic students each year are studying in Northern Ireland,” said Mr Elliott.
“They clearly illustrate that a large number of Protestant students are choosing to attend universities on the mainland rather than attend universities in Northern Ireland.
“This is an important issue as many of these students who travel to mainland universities do not return to work in the Province, hence the long established debate about the ‘Northern Ireland brain drain’.”
Good riddance to the British colonial scum!