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End of the 11 plus is good news for children - Ruane

7 November, 2008 - by Caitríona Ruane


Sinn Féin Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has said that the ending of 11 plus tests is to be welcomed because it removes unnecessary pressure on children.

The Minister said:

"I have repeatedly said that academic selection is both unnecessary and unjust. In many schools preparation for the transfer tests starts in P5 and this puts two years of pressure on nine and 10 year old children.

"The curriculum is set aside while test papers are taken, and in many cases the children who are not taking the transfer test can fall behind in their lessons. This system is unjust.

"I want to bring about a reformed education system, where every child has the opportunity to achieve to their maximum ability. I want to ensure schools can deliver excellence in academic and many other areas and provide their pupils with the widest range of educational choices.

"I have set out proposals for the way ahead which include a compromise position around a three year transition period. These proposals have been developed following hundreds of hours of discussions with key partners in education and I believe they offer a solution that is in the best interests of all children." ENDS

Note to Editors

The final 11 plus papers will be taken on 7 and 21 November.

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