Lunn: OECD report shows why we must find political agreement on post primary transfer

Alliance Education spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has said that the findings of a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have shown why we must find political agreement on post primary transfer.

The report found that pupils were being put under pressure by the unregulated tests and that social divisions were being created by pupils from less disadvantaged backgrounds being given private tuition that helped them pass the tests. It also found that teachers were being encouraged to change the curriculum to suit the needs of the unregulated tests.

Trevor Lunn said: “This report has highlighted the problems that have been caused by the failure to come up with an alternative to the 11+ test.

“It highlighted the social divisions being created by less disadvantaged families being able to afford private tuition which would obviously put their children in a better position to pass these tests.

“It is the pupils who are being most harmed by the failure of political parties to reach agreement on post primary transfer. It is putting the health and education of our children at risk.

“The report also highlighted the threat being posed to the curriculum by teachers being put under pressure to alter their classes to suit what will be asked in the unregulated tests. Teachers should stick to the national curriculum which was devised to result in the best educational upbringing of our children, this should not be undermined by these unregulated tests.

“The current situation is unacceptable. We must reach agreement on post primary transfer to stop our children being the ones who lose out.”

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