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Sinn Féin welcomes demise of the 11+

6 December, 2005

Sinn Fein Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson has broadly welcomed the Education Minister's desision to scrap the 11+. Commenting upon the announcement Michael Ferguson said:

"Martin McGuinness as Minister for Education under the Assembly, initiated the consultation that has lead to the demise of the 11+ system. I broadly welcome the end of the 11+ because it was a system that branded 80% of our children as failures every year.

We now have an opportunity to deliver an education system that celebrates all intelligences and allows all children to achieve their human potential and learn at a pace which suits them.

However if we are to build confidence in a new system then we need to invest in our children, in our teachers and in our schools and the current Minister and Government are intent on taking 173 million from our schools by 2008 when we need to be investing."ENDS

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