Local MLA welcomes five Newry school’s decision to suspend transfer test

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Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Newry Sinn Fein MLA Liz Kimmins has welcomed a Newry school group’s decision to suspend the transfer test this year.

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She was speaking following a joint announcement by five schools in the Newry area.

 

 

The Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA told Newry Times, ”I welcome and commend the decision by Abbey CBS, Sacred Heart, Saint Colman’s, Our Lady’s and St Louis Kilkeel to suspend the use of unregulated tests for this coming academic year.

”This is absolutely necessary to allow our teachers, school staff and of course children to prepare for a return to school, rather than the stress of high-level exams.”

 

 

The Sinn Féin MLA continued, “Academic selection is wrong and unnecessary and puts undue pressure on children.

“Leading human rights and equality organisations, the children’s commissioner and leading trade unions all support the call to abandon academic selection altogether.”

Liz added, ”I am hopeful that the other selective schools will follow the leadership and the example shown by the schools in the Newry area and do away with the use of these unregulated transfer tests.

 

 

“And instead, focus on the task of preparing to return to schools when it is safe to do so.”

 

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