‘Transfer tests perpetuate inequality and disadvantage’ – Mullan

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has urged schools which still use transfer tests to show leadership and end them altogether.

Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Karen Mullan.

The Foyle MLA was commenting after the publication of the latest exams performance list for post-primary schools.

“What these tables do not show is the long tail of underachievement which a selective system creates by effectively leaving many children behind,” Karen Mullan said.

“School transfer tests continue to drive educational inequality and are a barrier to parental choice. This has been confirmed yet again in the latest Executive Office report Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation (ILiAD) which concluded that transfer tests exacerbate educational inequalities and damage the confidence and self-esteem of children.

“A publicly-funded education system should be providing the same opportunities and support to all children, not just a select few. I would commend those schools which have moved away from academic selection and urge those yet to do so to show some leadership and end these tests which only serve to perpetuate inequality and disadvantage.”