Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:00 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Mervyn Storey Mervyn Storey DUP 2:00 pm, 12th March 2013

Does the Minister accept that teachers are feeling considerable strain because of all the ongoing bureaucratic assessment that has to happen in schools now?  Does he understand that their time is being diverted away from what needs to be done in the classroom to address not only literacy and numeracy but science, for example?  We have dropped to being the 22nd best region in Europe as regards science outcomes.  Given that sector's importance to future employment, the Department needs to address that urgently.