‘Schools should show leadership and end selection’ - Mullan
Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has urged schools which still use transfer tests to show leadership and end them altogether.
The Foyle MLA was speaking after one of the examination bodies which run the tests confirmed they could not accommodate all the children who have applied this year.
"School transfer tests continue to drive educational inequality and are a barrier to parental choice," Karen Mullan commented.
"Schools should show leadership and end the use of transfer tests in favour of building a fully inclusive and non-selective education system for the betterment of all our young people.
"The late Martin McGuinness as Education Minister showed great leadership in abolishing the 11 plus to establish a transfer system based upon parental choice.
"Despite this, many schools continued to select and reject children based on an unregulated test system.
"That needs to end because the evidence is overwhelming that academic selection and rejection is damaging for children and damaging for the education system.
"This has been confirmed yet again in the latest Executive Office report Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation (ILiAD) which concluded that transfer tests exacerbate educational inequalities and damage the confidence and self-esteem of children."