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.
The announcement that the primary-secondary school transfer tests will proceed in the autumn is a source of anxiety for parents and pupils alike. School closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic have meant that the same level of preparation and teaching resources will not be available to those pupils scheduled to sit the tests. This is obviously a serious cause for concern, as the selection of secondary education is a major life event for young people.