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Tests at 11 unnecessary and wrong - McElduff

27 February, 2017 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin party spokesperson for Education, Barry McElduff said improvements in educational attainment in recent years serve to underpin the fact that academic selection is both wrong and unnecessary.

Speaking after the Association of Quality Education (AQE) and the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) issued a statement saying they want to produce a common test, the West Tyrone candidate said:

“Sinn Féin believes strongly that academic selection in our schools has a hugely negative impact on children. 

"We are not alone in our opposition to academic selection. Many educationalists, parents, teaching unions, and both children's and human rights organisations also oppose academic selection. 

"The Human Rights Commission in the North has called for the abolition of academic selection as it is socially divisive and not in the educational interests of children or young people.

“Sinn Féin believe that education should be about nurturing the individual talents of the child or young person.

"The huge improvements in educational attainment under successive Sinn Féin education ministers demonstrates clearly that academic selection is wrong and unnecessary.” 

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