“Until such time as a secure, agreed and reliable means of transfer can be put in place..”

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]

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  • The Raven

    Good enough. We now have a way forward suggested by the schools. The Minister has some lee-way to sort this mess out, and a couple of months to do it, before NEXT year’s cohort find themselves in the same position.

    Let’s see some definitive action, and results-based working. This is the Minister’s opportunity to turn this PR disaster around. Let’s hope she takes it.

  • “results-based working”? Are you a manager The Raven? 🙂

    The Minister is a joke and this is getting worse, not better. This shambles is enough to make your blood boil.

  • cynic

    So the parents voted against it, now the Heads dont want what she proposes and still she ploughs on.

    SF used to have a catchphrase “Time to go” ….. it’s time they applied it and let a politican sort this mess out.

  • slug

    And Sinn Féin/DUP want us to devolve the important matter of policing and justice to these incompetents?

    I have gone off the idea.

    Lets limit devolution to the present powers until they can actually exercise them competently.

  • Essentialist

    Willis on another thread suggests reading http://paceni.wordpress.com.

    The PACE blog seems to suggest that the Catholic Heads may be more a part of the problem than the solution.

    Any regulated test must be an improvement on the current transfer test otherwise inordinate amounts of public money will have been wasted.

    Parents do not just want clarity on future admission arrangements. Parents want a valid and reliable test that meets international standards for testing not some self-certified product from CCEA that meets only the Minister’s requirements and CCEA’s approval.

  • Essentialist

    Willis on another thread suggests reading http://paceni.wordpress.com.

    The PACE blog seems to suggest that the Catholic Heads may be more a part of the problem than the solution.

    Any regulated test must be an improvement on the current transfer test otherwise inordinate amounts of public money will have been wasted.

    Parents do not just want clarity on future admission arrangements. Parents want a valid and reliable test that meets international standards for testing not some self-certified product from CCEA that meets only the Minister’s requirements and CCEA’s approval.