Fears NI transfer test will spread Covid

Parents fear making kids sit transfer tests in grammar school halls could put their health in danger, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Naomi McBurney began a campaign for them to be allowed to take the exam at their own primary schools before Covid-19 hit. She said the pandemic and the the restrictions made it unsafe for children to “burst their bubbles” and sit the exam in large groups.

Here petition has topped 6,500 signatures.

But one of the test providers, the Association for Quality Education (AQE), said it would be impossible for children to take the test in their own school unless it was allowed at every campus, but there “no prospect of this happening”.

The Department of Education said it was for individual schools to organise procedures with the testing organisations.

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