Parents in legal battle over Northern Ireland 11+ delay: report

The parents of two children in Northern Ireland have won High Court permission to challenge decisions to delay this year’s post-primary transfer tests, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

A judge on Tuesday granted leave to seek a judicial review into claims the postponements of at least two weeks due to coronavirus will further discriminate against disadvantaged families.

Proceedings have been issued against the Association for Quality Education (AQE), and the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC).

Each autumn the two bodies provide tests used by most grammar schools in Northern Ireland to select their intake.

But this year’s exams were deferred because of the pandemic.

Lawyers representing two pupils due to sit the tests contend that the decision to delay by a matter of weeks amid so much disruption to their education is unlawful, the publication reports.

They allege a failure to properly consult, as well as arguing that moving to new dates in November and December is unfair and in breach of human rights.

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