Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Exam announcement “will ease some concern, but clarity still needed”

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Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said this week’s announcement on exams will ease the concerns of some students and families.

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However, the Newry and Armagh MLA said further clarity is still needed.

Speaking to Newry Times, Cathal Boylan said, “There is no perfect solution to the issue of exams which arises from the unprecedented public health crisis and the necessary decision to close schools as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

“Today’s announcement by the Education Minister will address some of the concerns and confusion of students and parents, but we still need further clarity.”

The Sinn Féin MLA continued, “Given the circumstances, it’s expected there will be a high number of students who may wish to appeal the results they receive.

 

 

“This process must be robust and independent.

“My colleague Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA pressed the Minister to ensure students unable to avail of additional support during this school year aren’t placed at a disadvantage through the use of predicted grades.”

 

 

The Sinn Féin representative added, “Sinn Féin has also called on the Minister to ramp up cross-border cooperation with Departments in the south to support students entering the admissions process for cross-border study.”

 

Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE

 

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