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Executive needs to end point scoring and deal with 11+ replacement

27 January, 2009 - by John O'Dowd


Sinn Féin Education spokesperson John O'Dowd today said that 'if there is a willingness at the Executive to set aside the sectarian and party political point scoring that has marked this issue up to now then I believe that on Thursday we can move forward decisively and quickly in the interest of all of our children'.

Mr O'Dowd's comments come after the Education Minister Caitriona Ruane forwarded a policy memorandum on the issue of post primary transfer to Executive colleagues for consideration on Thursday.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"It is now time for clarity and a decision on replacing the 11+. There has been a prolonged and extensive consultation with stakeholders and political parties. But parents, teachers and children need a clear decision. It is now time to bring the discussions to a conclusion.

"The Education Minister has circulated to Ministerial colleagues a policy memorandum on the issue of post-primary transfer.

"Her intention is for this to be discussed at Thursdays Executive where she will seek Ministerial approval for regulations. Previously unionist Ministers refused even to discuss the issue.

"If there is a willingness at the Executive to set aside the sectarian and party political point scoring that has marked this issue up to now then I believe that on Thursday we can move forward decisively and quickly in the interest of all of our children." ENDS

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