Monday, 16 March 2009

Ruane is Alice in Wonderland

I have just listened to Ministerial Question Time in The Northern Ireland Assembly with Caitriona Ruane MLA.

During her answers she claimed that the primary curriculum will not be distorted this year because of the ending of the 11plus and that children across the North will NOT spend time in the coming academic year preparing for a test.

This is an unbelievable statement and plainly misleading. True, there will be no state exam but fact is there is already the AQE exam and there will most likely be a Catholic sector exam to select children for grammar schools.

In fact the situation is potentially worse then at any point in the past as children may well have to sit a "Catholic 11plus" and a "Protestant 11plus". All deregulated.

How long will this Assembly let this Minister continue to live like Alice in Wonderland?

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