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Education Minister reinforces position on Transfer 2010

5 October, 2009 - by Caitríona Ruane

The Education Minister has outlined her position on Transfer 2010 during an Assembly Motion today on Grammar school entrance tests.

Speaking during the debate, Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane said:

“This motion demonstrates the naivety and total failure to recognise the changing realities in our education system.

“I have always stated that my preference is for a new regulated system of transfer from primary to post primary and I spent two years developing compromise proposals, repeatedly seeking engagement upon them. On three occasions, other parties refused to discuss these proposals.”

The Minister continued: “Let me be clear, the 11 plus is gone and it will not be coming back in any shape or form. The 11 plus is a failed system. Academic selection is a failed system. Any education system which judges even one child as a failure at age 11 is wrong, it is unjust and it is indefensible.

“Transfer 2010 is my Department’s policy for the transfer of children from primary to post-primary. If followed, the guidance will deliver an effective and fair system which will benefit all.

“There are wide-reaching reforms happening across the education sector, helping us to lay the foundations for a system which has equality at it core and which moves away from meeting the needs of the minority.” ENDS

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