St. Patrick’s principal speaks of ‘despair’ over minister’s academic testing decision

Thursday, 17 November 2016

THE principal of St. Patrick's College in Ballymena, Mrs Cate Magee, has spoken of the "despair" of the non-selective sector in Education minister, Peter Weir's, recent decision to allow pupils to be prepared for unregulated academic selection tests in primary schools.
Mrs Magee made her comments during her speech to the College's annual prize day, during which pupils were congratulated on their excellent performances in external examinations.
She said: "If we are true to our ethos then we have a duty to ensure that we create a school system that is fair to all, benefits everybody and encourages young people to deepen their faith in an atmosphere where each is valued.
“However, while we try to promote and practise these values within the school, it is always a challenge to work within a climate of continuing austerity and cuts to the education budget.
“All of which are a sharp reminder that there is a need for a form of Post Primary provision that is sustainable, provides high quality education and meets the needs of all young people.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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