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Omagh schools decision to end academic selection welcomed

13 June, 2014 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Chris Hazzard has welcomed the decision by the Edmund Rice Schools, Loreto Convent and CBS Omagh to stop academic selection as criteria for school entrance.

 Mr Hazzard said,

“These two schools are the latest to realise that academic selection has been made redundant by the fact that all schools now follow the same curriculum and that testing at eleven is damaging to children.

“The Board of Governors have decided to phase out the unjustifiable use of unregulated entrance exams and this has to be welcomed.

“I think that the argument of testing children at ten and eleven has long been proven to be detrimental to the educational development of our young people and should cease immediately.

“Moving away from selection at eleven will bring equality into the classroom and allow all of our children the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.

 “We only need to glance at the long list of high achieving systems worldwide to see the fruits of giving all our children fair opportunity so I would call on other grammar schools to follow the lead shown by these school and drop selection as a means of entrance criteria."

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