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The following question and reply appear in the Answer Booklet on the Northern Ireland Assembly website.

Post Primary Transfer

Mr S Moutray asked the Minister of Education how many complaints she has received from parents about post primary transfer arrangements in the last year (i) in total; (ii) broken down by constituency; and (iii) broken down by council area

(AQW 6138/09)

Minister of Education: Tá méid suntasach chomhfhreagrais faighte agam i rith na tréimhse seo maidir le hábhar an aistrithe iarbhunscoile, agus in alán cásanna, bíonn tuismitheoirí agus eile ar lorg léiriúcháin faoi shonruithe um fhorbairt mo mholtaí ar an aistriú iarbhunscoile agus le déanaí ar fhoilsiú na Treoir um Aistriú 2010.

I have received a considerable volume of correspondence on the subject of post-primary transfer during this period, and in many instances parents and others are seeking clarification on points of details about the development of my proposals for post-primary transfer and in more recent times the publishing of Transfer 2010 guidance. Correspondence of this nature is not routinely classified by any category and may take the form of enquiries, supportive or negative comments, or personal views on a way forward. On occasions parental correspondence includes a request for me to bring certainty to bear on arrangements for Transfer 2010. It is a subjective judgement as to whether correspondence of this nature should be described as letters of complaint, and in an increasing number of instances parental correspondence takes the form of an e-mail which contains no address details, hence precluding any analysis by constituency or council area. The information requested is therefore not readily available.

If the minister won’t listen to her travel agent or car mechanic on transfer and tests as parodied in the BBC The Folks on the Hill,

what chance have mere parents?