Review of Post-Primary Education

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 14 October 2002.

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Photo of Martin McGuinness Martin McGuinness Sinn Féin 2:45, 14 October 2002

In last week’s statement, I said that building consensus remains the best way by which to make progress and that the considerable consensus demonstrated by the responses to the consultation provides a sound platform from which to move the review forward. I also outlined my plans to meet key stakeholders in education to listen to their views on responses to the consultation and on how best to make progress on the post-primary review before announcing proposals for the next steps in December. I am determined that the overwhelming demand for abolition of the transfer test shall not be thwarted by the suspension of the Assembly, and I announced on Friday that the last transfer test will be held in November 2004. The Department of Education will meet the key stakeholders as part of the process of developing new arrangements that are fair and that will enable all children to reach their full potential regardless of their background or circumstances.