Tests at 11 unnecessary and wrong – McCallion

Sinn Féins Elisha McCallion said improvements in educational attainment in recent years serve to underpin the fact that academic selection is both wrong and unnecessary.

Speaking after the Association of Quality Education (AQE) and the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) issued a statement saying they want to produce a common test, she said:

“Sinn Féin believes strongly that academic selection in our schools has a hugely negative impact on children.

©/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 27th January 2016.  Culture Minister Car‡l N’ Chuil’n launching the Talent Northwest 2016. Included are deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Laura McNutt, previous competitor, Ollie Green, Greater Shantallow Community Arts, and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion. Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

“We are not alone in our opposition to academic selection. Many educationalists, parents, teaching unions, and both children’s and human rights organisations also oppose academic selection.

“The Human Rights Commission in the North has called for the abolition of academic selection as it is socially divisive and not in the educational interests of children or young people.

“Sinn Féin believe that education should be about nurturing the individual talents of the child or young person.

“The huge improvements in educational attainment under successive Sinn Féin education ministers demonstrates clearly that academic selection is wrong and unnecessary.”