Good Riddance

And so adieu to the much loathed 11 Plus, the final test of which was sat today. I for one will not be mourning its passing. Now if we only had a replacement set up. The issue of transfer from primary school to secondary school was noticeably absent from the deal to get the NI Executive up and running again. Or, in other words, once again our politicians have ignored the real issues in order to pose to their respective communal bases. Policing and Justice is important. But, unlike the transfer system, it is taking place regardless of what happens in the Assembly, and we all know that. The politicians need to get down to serious business, so this shambles does not continue.
One other quick point. Once again, the DUP has run rings round the Provos in negotiations to get the Executive up and running in not naming a date for the transfer of Policing and Justice. I wonder how long that Adams and co can preserve their reputations with their voters as the shrewdest politicians around.


8 Responses to “Good Riddance”

  1. Mick Hall Says:


    Lets hope we are not celebrating to soon, I agree with your post, so far the Adams leadership has put little economically etc on their support bases table.

  2. Garibaldy Says:

    Hi Mick,

    I don’t think we’ve seen the end of academic selection, but we have I think seen the end of the 11 Plus as it stands. It will be interesting to see what happens with the PSF vote over the next few years. Places like west Belfast have seen a boom which is now certainly at an end, and they credited peace with providing that. Whether the changed economic circumstances will change votes remains doubtful I think, but we can hope there might be some space for left politics opening up.

  3. Jim Monaghan Says:

    Any thoughts on quality assessment at the end of primary school. In the South the end of the Primary exam has meant no quality assessment. In Seconday School they find a lot of problems as they don’t know until Xmass which kids need extra help.
    I am for an end of the pressure on the kids to perform but I want some kind of pressure on the schools to deliver

  4. Garibaldy Says:

    I think Jim that continuous assessment by the teacher in the classroom is possible, and personally I have no problems with end of week, or end of month tests, and using those to develop a pupil profile. Done across a range of subjects, I suspect those would give a better idea of the pupil’s ability for the next school. Providing these to parents might also enable them to help pupils, and ensure accountability. Obviously though it might prove more work, but I believe a reasonable balance could be struck.

  5. Jim Monaghan Says:

    Agree. Something that could be given to the next school so that the new teachers know what they are getting.It wouls alos provide a basis for cross checking.

  6. Garibaldy Says:

    Perhaps we should write to Caitríona and see if she can sort this out. Or the DUP maybe, as they seem to be in charge anyway 🙂

  7. WorldbyStorm Says:

    Just thinking about your last sentence, I guess the thing is where do those voters see an alternative political home?

  8. Garibaldy Says:


    That’s a very good question. The majority will continue to vote as they do, some might switch to the SDLP, some the dissidents, some will stay at home, and some may even be up for grabs for more progressive politics if a connection to them can be made on social and economic issues.

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