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Stormont’s education fiasco

Only six days out from the sitting of a post-primary transfer test - in the context of rising Covid infections and staff threatening to refuse to work in unsafe conditions - the Stormont Executive finally made the decision to close schools until after the February half-term, forcing the postponement of the tests. Remote learning must be made effective for all students through the provision of broadband access and all necessary equipment.

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Student protest expose inequality in the education system

The attempted use of a biased algorithm to predict a-Level grades in the UK in the absence of exams was met with protest and resistance by young people across these islands. The use of a similar algorithm as was used in England, Wales and Scotland exposed the insidious ‘postcode lottery’ which exists in those regions.