Dungannon and Cookstown principals join mass protest over transfer tests


Principals at Tyrone and Armagh’s Catholic Primary Schools have joined forces to hit out at the unregulated transfer test in an unprecedented show of strength.

The forty-five head teachers, including twenty-five from the Dungannon District, have slammed the exam as ‘educationally unsound’ and ‘fundamentally unfair’.

Their comments come as local grammars send out this year’s transfer test results. An estimated 354 pupils in the Dungannon District discovered if they will be granted entry to the Catholic grammar school of their choice.

The head-teachers, who have grouped under the title Armagh Cookstown Dungannon Primary Principals, have vowed to escalate their protest, and have met the Archbishop Eamon Martin to demand more action.