28/06/2019

SF Demand End To 'Damaging' Transfer Tests

Sinn Fein has issued a call for the end of transfer tests in Northern Ireland following a recent report on the detrimental impact the process has on children.

The party's education spokeswoman Karen Mullan was commenting after the review from the Right to Education (R2E) group, which found that 92% of teachers felt transfer testing has a "significant negative impact" on children's mental health.

It also concluded that the current use of unregulated tests by some schools "shows wanton disregard to children's needs".

Karen Mullan said: "This report is the latest in a long line of studies which have exposed the cruel and damaging impact of academic selection on children.
News Image
"The evidence couldn't be clearer which is why the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Equality Commission, the Human Rights Commission, Children's Commissioner, the OECD, the trade union movement and the Catholic Church hierarchy have all called for an end to academic selection.

"Unfortunately, many schools continue to select and reject children based on an unregulated test system.

"That needs to end. It is damaging for children and damaging for the education system.

"In light of this latest study, school board of governors should now 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."



(JG/CM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

08 September 2021
New Measures To Alleviate Pressure On Schools
New measures to help to schools deal with increasing pressure of Covid-19 are expected to be announced following discussions between the Department for Education and Department of Health.
03 September 2021
£21m Investment Announced For NI's Special Schools
The Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced an investment of £21m in the provision of education in special schools. A total of 17 special schools will benefit from the funding providing 61 additional classes, the recruitment of approximately 60 additional teachers and 145 additional classroom assistants.
14 September 2021
Education Minister Announces Major Investment In Special Schools
Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen has announced an £800,000 investment for outdoor play and learning support for NI's special schools. The funding will support the delivery of high quality creative and innovative play and learning experiences for all children and young people in special schools.
06 September 2021
Other News In Brief
Call For Assembly To Provide Clear Covid 19 Guidance For Schools Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has called for the Assembly to be recalled over the lack of clear Covid 19 guidance for schools amid a growing number of pupil absences due to positive cases.
27 August 2021
Over 12% Of NI's Young People Not In Education, Employment And Training
An estimated 24,000 16 to 24-year-olds are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET), according to the latest reports from the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA). This represents over 12% of NI's young person population, more than 3% higher that the UK average.