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15,000 children sit last 11-plus


More than 15,000 children across Northern Ireland are to sit the first part of the last 11-plus.

This will be the last year of the controversial test for primary sevens.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has published a newspaper advert to coincide with Friday's exam, calling for an end to academic election at 11.

Earlier this week, the four main churches in Northern Ireland announced a joint plan to help end the 11-plus stalemate.

The Church of Ireland, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian churches said pupil transfer at 14 instead of 11 years was a "workable proposal".

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane, who is behind controversial plans to end academic tests for primary sevens, said it was a "helpful intervention".

Politicians, parents and teachers have complained that there is still no concrete plan as to what will replace the 11-plus.

The second part of the last 11-plus will be in time weeks' time.

07/11/2008 :: Northern Ireland :: BBC News


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