Primary Principals attempt unprecedented misinformation campaign
May 28, 2009
The Irish News headline the meeting in Belfast of primary school principals angered by the DENI led chaos over transfer arrangements. Their unions have organised the gathering during a critical time of the summer term in an attempt to influence political representatives.
The meeting and subsequent media coverage are a last ditch effort to prevent grammar schools using unregulated tests to determine admissions. As usual misinformation and ideology are at the heart of the union’s claims.
The BBC Education correspondent quotes Brendan Harron of INTO
“This is forcing schools to consider abandoning the revised curriculum,” he said.
When primary school principals claim that preparation for the numeracy and literacy tests are outside the revised curriculum they are entirely wrong. The DENI have confirmed to PACE that the numeracy and literacy elements of the curriculum are the same as before. This information has also been shared with the BBC education correspondent via e-mail. It has come to a sad state when the figureheads of primary schools and journalists resort to mistruth at a time when parents and pupils are already stressed by the uncertainty introduced by the Minister and the DENI.
Since the ending of the 11-plus has been known about for seven years, the failure of the educationalists to introduce a valid and reliable replacement tells parents all they need to know about their union’s ideological campaign.
An example of the nonsense pitched by INTO tells parents how little faith they should have in the judgement of principals.
INTO senior official Brendan Harron said there was “a sense of outrage” among primary principals about the state of affairs regarding transfer 2010.
“Primary principals were very angry at the lack of direction from their employing authorities on this difficult issue,” he said.
“On the one hand they were being warned by the minister and the department not to deviate from teaching the revised curriculum and on the other hand they are being pressurised by parents of P6 children to prepare their children for the forthcoming unofficial, independent entrance tests. (also known as the numeracy and literacy component of the revised curriculum)