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Catholic schools in Northern Ireland have opposed the position of the Cardinal and Bishops on academic selection as a consequence of developing “bilateral” schools.


Up to 35% of admissions are to be determined by academic selection according to Simon Doyle’s report. However the method or test to be used is not defined. Speculation rests on the Lumen Christi NFER instrument which is INFERIOR to the 11-plus transfer test recently abolished by the DENI. A step backwards while raising doubts about the position taken by the Church hierachy. Perhaps Bishop Donal McKeown is falling out of favour?