Despite the quoted reply from the Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitríona Ruane, it’s clear that the reported statement from the Catholic Headteachers Association is in response to the minister’s threat, in the absence of political consensus, to press ahead into the vacuum..What the minister had said.
I have repeatedly said I want a sound legislative basis for the proposals. If I do not receive the support for this legislative approach, then transfer in 2010 will be unregulated.”
The CHA’s reported statement
“Until the appropriate legislation is in place, we propose that academic selection will continue to take place, preferably using the CCEA test which the minister has commissioned,” they said in a statement.
“We simultaneously must seek consensus, across all sectors, in order to ensure that proper pathways are provided for all our young people.
“Until such time as a secure, agreed and reliable means of transfer can be put in place academic selection should continue, for the entire intake.” [added emphasis]