The East Belfast MLA said it was unacceptable the announcement was formally given via the media.
“It is unacceptable the Minister made no statement to the Assembly or gave no formal notice to the Education Committee on what is an issue of serious significance. It is a further example of an ideological rejection of mounting evidence linking educational disadvantage and academic selection.
“I am glad the Education Committee will conduct a more open and inclusive inquiry into post-primary transfer, to which anyone in our community will be able to respond. I hope it will make recommendations for a system which allows all our children to achieve their full potential.”