“but, with no political agreement on a replacement..”

Worth noting that today saw more than 7000 children take the first of the new privatised post-primary transfer tests. As the BBC report notes

Next Saturday, 6,700 pupils will take a different test aimed mainly at those seeking places in Catholic grammars.

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  • Garza

    Protestant Grammar Schools…Catholic Grammar Schools, bah.

    Schools in NI should be secularised immediately and religion droven from the schools. We need the desegregation of our schools, maybe getting rid of selection may make this easier.
    But I would say that desegregation of schools is not in the minds of the DUP or SF.

  • Mark McGregor

    At this stage Ruane must surely be looking at removing their funding? Easiest way, if they are spending money and time on things outside Departmental direction they have stepped into the realm of being private schools and should surely operate as such.

  • GavBelfast

    It is to be hoped that, this time next year, there will be an agreed test by / for all of the Grammar Schools.

  • Reader

    Mark McGregor: Easiest way, if they are spending money and time on things outside Departmental direction they have stepped into the realm of being private schools and should surely operate as such.
    There are no rules to say that the schools should not be selecting pupils on academic ability.
    Maybe next year, if Ruane can get something past the executive?

  • DC

    Ruane needs a Saturday night detention at that school of big ideas called Stormont.

  • JD

    The collapse of the academic selection in the north of Ireland begins today.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Who is paying for the invigilators, light and heating,caretakers,postage and marking of all this subversion? I hope it’s not coming out of the school budget.