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In her latest attempt to cajole and bully parents into compliance with her “guidance” Education Minister, Caitriona Ruane uses another compliant group of Catholic principals to reinforce her/their mistaken view.

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane said schools should follow her Department’s guidance and not set their own tests.

“It is obvious that the grammars have not considered the needs of primary six children or the impacts these unvalidated tests will have on them, but are more interested in simply preserving the archaic system of academic selection,” she said.

“I would urge all parents to carefully consider the statement from the primary principals which sets out the flaws with the proposed breakaway tests. If schools follow the Transfer 2010 guidance children need not be subjected to any tests.”

Perhaps Ms Ruane has failed to read her own Equality Impact Assessment. It admits discrimination against Protestants and non-Catholics and is therefore illegal under equality legislation.

Her consultation on the EIA is therefore a waste of public funds.

When will she ever learn?