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More than half of the post-primary schools in the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) area could close because of financial pressures.

A document for the North Eastern Education Board, leaked to the Ballymena Guardian suggests cutting secondary schools from 49 down to 20.

However, an education board spokesman stressed the leaked document was a draft. The spokesman said final decisions were up to the minister.

Northern Ireland Transfer Test Results Arrive

Letters containing results are to arrive today (Saturday 4th February).

In order to cover any cases where the CEA results letters do not arrive, the AQE Office will be open for telephone callers seeking results on Saturday afternoon 4th February from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. Phone: (028) 90753746

We currently do not have any information on what to do if the PPTC GL results fail to arrive.
If anyone has any information or contact details, could they please post them in the forums.

A Catholic grammar school was responsible for a “serious security breach” of post-primary entrance papers sat by primary seven children, a Department of Education independent investigation found.

Education Minister John O’Dowd said yesterday: “The investigation concluded that, while there had been a breach of post-test security, there was no evidence that any child had either been advantaged or disadvantaged by this breach.

“The investigation concluded, however, that the potential for a serious breach had been demonstrated and still exists.”

Results of an investigation into an alleged breach of security on transfer tests are to be revealed the BBC has reported.

The issue was raised by principals of Catholic secondary and primary schools.

They claim some pupils had an unfair advantage because they had seen the 2009 transfer paper before the 2010 test.

Education Minister John O'Dowd had delayed revealing the outcome until all this year's transfer tests had been completed.

More than two-thirds of grammar schools in Northern Ireland this year admitted pupils who achieved bottom grades in unregulated transfer tests, the Belfast Telegraph has revealed.

Of 64 grammar schools, 44 (69%) accepted pupils with grades C and D in the GL Assessment and quintiles four and five in the AQE tests this September.

BBC News reported today that the AQE & PPTC are to hold talks to establish a single exam.

DUP education spokesman Mervyn Storey said his party wanted the process streamlined.

"The legal position is very clear, the 2006 order which the DUP negotiated has made it legally permissible for schools that wish to use academic criteria for transfer tests," he said.

"I am very clear that there needs to be discussion between the two organisations that have organised the tests."

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