14 Sep

McGrath: Education Minister must appear before Committee on transfer test policy reversal

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA has called on the Education Minister to appear before the Education Committee to answer questions on his unilateral decision to reverse departmental policy towards academic selection in primary schools. The Minister announced last week that official departmental guidance would now permit primary schools to coach pupils for transfer tests. Today the Education Committee extended a formal request to the Minister to appear before the committee to answer questions on the matter. (more…)

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12 Sep

Department of Education Permanent Secretary to retire

The Department of Education has announced that Permanent Secretary Paul Sweeney will retire at the end of 2016.

Paul Sweeney has served as Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education from February 2010, prior to that he was Permanent Secretary in the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure from April 2006. (more…)

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