Thursday 21 May 2020
Green Party Councillor Simon Lee has said post primary schools hold the key to solving the debacle over this years transfer test and academic selection into the future.
Simon, who also works as a teacher, said: “Concern around how academic selection will operate this year is adding pressure to an already difficult situation for parents and children.
“There has been so much upheaval for 10 and 11 year olds with a disrupted school year and so much uncertainty in their lives as a result of Covid-19.
“We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that post primary schools hold the key to solving this problem. The schools that base admissions on GL and AQE tests can amend their selection process this year and do right by our children.
“As a member of the Green Party, I want to go further. I want to see the end of academic selection at 11 full stop and building a movement towards a fully integrated education system.
“Academic selection at 11 has been shown, time and again to have a profoundly negative effect on our children. Tests don’t operate on a level playing field because they favour the children of parents with the means to pay for private tuition.
“Covid-19 is widening the gap between children with the parental and technological support to keep up with their learning at this time.
“It is also exposing the deep flaws in the system of academic selection at 11 years old. Let’s start to discuss how we build back better and end the unfair, cruel transfer test in all of it guises.”
Sinead McIvor - 07701 302 498