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Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland

SDLP Education Spokesperson, Daniel McCrossan MLA has expressed his disappointment that Minister Weir has failed to listen to overwhelming evidence and put the best interests of our students at heart, by continuing with exams.

The West Tyrone MLA commented:

“Across the North, the pandemic has had an adverse impact on the education of our young people and this is causing significant stress for students and their families.”

“With three months of lockdown and no face to face teaching, significant learning opportunities have been lost for all pupils. Since schools re-opened in September, the disruption to teaching has continued, with a large number of students and teachers needing to self-isolate.”

“It is nothing short of scandalous that, despite the clear and significant disruption, the Minister is continuing to fail students by refusing to cancel GSCE and A Level exams. Other jurisdictions have acted decisively to support young people, but Minister Weir has dogmatically refused to do so. It is a disgrace.”

“I once again urge Minister Weir to put the mental health of our young people ahead of the needs of CCEA and immediately announce that GSCE and A Level exams in 2021 are cancelled.”

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