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Pupils in Germany have taken matters in to their own hands protesting against reforms which have denied many the opportunity to gain places in their equivalent of grammar schools.


The German system relies upon the equivalent of the CCEA Pupil Profile and input from teachers resulting in a form of social selection.

At least the current 11-plus used in Northern Ireland is oblivious to the pupil’s social status and remains an objective test.

With the legislative abolition complete and an unregulated system filling the vacuum can it be long before pupils in Northern Ireland exercise their right to equality of opportunity.