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.
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.