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New Education Minister Peter Weir says Academic Selection is here to stay

Education Minister Peter Weir

New Education Minister Peter Weir says Academic Selection is here to stay

The DUP’s new Education Minister Peter Weir has told the News Letter he will look at ways to make the use of academic selection across Northern Ireland easier for pupils, parents and schools.

Peter Weir hinted that he would be willing to undo some of the steps taken by Sinn Fein who continues to oppose academic selection since abolishing the 11+ in 2008.
“We have made it clear that as far as we in the DUP are concerned that academic selection is here to stay,” he told the News Letter.
“However, there is no compulsion on schools, parents or schools to operate transfer tests if they don’t wish to.”

Asked if he had any plans to make changes on the transfer tests he replied: “If there are ways we can improve that and get agreement on this we will do that.”
“At the minute there are different bodies and different tests.”
If there are proposals on how this can be improved “I will be willing to explore them,” he said.
“Any artificial obstacles that are simply creating problems for parents and schools and which don’t change overall policy, I will want to examine such specific arrangements.”

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