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Concern over way P7 Pupils are told which post-primary school they will attend

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Concern over way P7 Pupils are told which post-primary school they will attend

The Department of Education has been criticised for moving the delivery of the P7 pupils post-primary placement letters from a Saturday to a Tuesday.

In previous years the letters arrived on a Saturday which give parents the weekend to help their children come to terms with any disappointment. This was changed, when last year a significant amount of letters didn't arrive in the Saturday post. As it was a bank holiday weekend, it was Tuesday before any late letters arrived or Education & Library Boards were contactable.

The move to a week day was to eliminate a repeat of this problem but it lead to other issues.

Some of the problems reported with having the results arrive on a school day were,

  • Some children went to school having received their letters, but others turning up not knowing what post-primary they will be going to as their mail had not arrived before they left for school.
  • Some parents kept children off school to wait for the post to arrive.
  • Some pupils were unable to attend school as they were too upset after not securing their preferred choice.
  • Some parents took time off work so they were at home to deal with the aftermath.

Education committee chairman Mervyn Storey said: “You would have thought the minister would have undertaken a review before making a very reactionary decision. They could have got round it by issuing the letters the week before or week after the bank holiday weekend, instead of changing the day.”