Murphy calls for academic selection to be scrapped

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Friday, September 16th, 2016
Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has stated that the Education Minister is out of step with international best practice with his move to allow schools to coach pupils for unregulated academic selection exams. exam results“This is a disappointing and regressive move by the Education Minster which is clearly out of step with best educational practice,” he said. “This move will split classes and deprive the majority of children of valuable time which should be spent learning the curriculum, devised by experts. “There is a wealth of international and local evidence, which highlights the damage academic selection has on pupils, the education system and wider society,” Murphy insisted. “Sinn Féin is not alone in our opposition to academic selection. Many parents, trade unions, churches and children’s and human rights organisations also oppose it.
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September 2016“Only at the end of last year the OFMdFM commissioned report ‘Links in Achievement and Deprivation’ recommended an end to academic selection and stated that it reinforced ‘privilege and disadvantage’. He added, “The huge improvements in educational attainment under successive Sinn Féin Education Ministers shows how unnecessary academic selection actually is.”
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