O'Dowd welcomes Transfer 2011 policy guidlines
Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson John O’Dowd has welcomed the publication of Transfer 2011 policy by the Department of Education.
Mr O’Dowd stated,
“The publication of the Transfer 2011 guidelines outlines in the clearest way how children can move from primary to post primary school based on the principle of equality.
“This year we have seen a decreasing number of schools subject children to selection through entrance exams which have been the cause of so much stress, hurt and disappointment to many children and parents.
“The Transfer 2011 guidlines eliminates the need for grading children at age eleven and allows each and every child the chance to fulfil their potential based on the principle of equality.
“More schools are now considering abandoning academic selection and with the Catholic Bishops planning to end selection by 2012 it is time that the remaining schools realised that the way forward is through nurturing each and every child by treating them as equals.