West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Boyle says abolition of Computer Based Assessment Systems will be greeted with relief

Published: 21 May, 2013

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Education committee Michaela Boyle, has welcomed the Minister of Education's decision to abolish the requirement for schools to carry out Computer Based Assessments.

Mrs Boyle said,

"I welcome the Minister's decisive action in ending Computer Based Assessments after several reports highlighted concerns with the system. It is widely accepted that assessment of children is a good tool in ensuring that every child can fulfil its potential and achieve the highest standard of academic achievement.

However the CBA's did not fulfil that role with teachers and parents finding the system difficult to manage especially when there were technical issues.The Minister has listened to those concerns and has now set in place a process to learn the lessons of this experience and put in place a future system which is fit for purpose."

Michaela continued,

"I asked the minister what assurances will also be given to ensure future tests will be suitable for visually impaired children, and children with hearing difficulties in mainstream schools. I was informed that he will be consulting with teachers of deaf and visually impaired children with more details on how the pilot will operate and DE will be seeking nominees for participation."