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O'Dowd wishes his best to all pupils transferring from primary to post primary schools

4 February, 2011 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA and education spokesperson, John O’Dowd has offered his best wishes to all children applying for transfer from primary to post primary education.

Mr O’Dowd said:

“No school should select or reject any child based on the outdated procedure of academic selection. 

“All the children who sat the unregulated entrance tests deserve our support no matter what result they receive, as do those children who chose not to sit tests, their education is equal and as important as others.

“Each and every  pupil should have  have an enjoyable and engaging educational future to look forward to in their new schools.

“The myth that all ability schools will undermine academic excellence has been proven wrong by the very schools which insist on the sanctity of testing 10 and 11 year old children on the basis that they must preserve the ‘system’.

“ System  they themselves no longer adhere to, the 2010 Admission Grades accepted by grammar schools across the North show that the grade drift continued and that only a few grammar school restricted themselves to grade ‘A’s’. The majority of grammar schools accepted grades from A through to D.

Concluding Mr O' Dowd said: 

 “Parents rightly ask, why did grammar schools put children through the charade of testing when in fact they will accept all grades and none to fill their classrooms?

“That question once again will rebound in many homes as it becomes clear that the schools which insisted on testing, will accept all and any to keep up their school numbers.

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