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11-plus plans in two weeks


01/05/2008 :: Northern Ireland :: The Irish News

Proposals for a new system to replace the 11-plus will be revealed in two weeks, education minister Caitriona Ruane has said.

Last night she said she had completed her consultations with key groups and was now in a position to unveil detailed proposals.

She has said the 11-plus will end later this year with pupils themselves to make important choices about post-primary paths at the age of 14.

Ms Ruane's proposals will be re-vealed at a meeting of executive ministers on May 15.

The minister announced this on the same day The Irish News published a survey showing that just a third of primary principals had confidence in her ability to deliver a quality alternative.

The poll also found that head teachers did not have enough information about the post 11-plus arrangements to prepare their staff and pupils.

Ms Ruane made no comment on the survey other than to say she did not make policy based on headlines.

"There has been maximum consultation with all the education stakeholders. That consultation was essential," she said.

"I have now completed my consultation and I have called for a dedicated executive meeting on May 15 where I will be bringing forward my proposals. Sinn Fein is going to make

sure there is maximum change be-cause our system is currently failing many of our young people and that cannot continue."



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