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Education Minister says hands are tied on venue of tests

Education Minister says hands are tied on venue of tests

The Education Minister Peter Weir has said it would be difficult to facilitate children sitting the transfer tests in their own primary schools the BBC has reported.

Peter Weir's comments were in reply to a parent who wrote to the minister asking him to intervene so primary seven pupils to sit the tests in the school they attend. Children taking the tests currently sit them in grammar schools or further education colleges.

Mr Weir said it was up to the two testing organisations and school boards of governors to decide any change. "While there is no bar on the use of primary schools for these tests, the location is a matter for the organisations setting the tests and boards of governors of the individual schools." Mr Weir said allowing pupils to sit the transfer tests in primary schools "would require the consent of the boards of governors of all primary schools across Northern Ireland to host and facilitate the private transfer tests used by selective schools, which may be difficult to achieve".

Full BBC News article