The 11-plus examination is the entrance test for Grammar Schools. In Northern Ireland they are debating as to whether or not an Irish translation of the exam should be provided.
According to the BBC an Irish language education body has requested that all schools provide suitable translations for the test so that it is fair.
Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta who are the representative body for Irish-medium education in Northern Ireland has written to schools about this matter.
The BBC quote spokesman Seán Ó Coinn as saying ‘parents could remove their children from Irish language schools or take legal action if a suitable translation was not available.’
“We’re unclear what the implications might be, and it very much depends on how parents react,” he said.
When last years 11-plus Grammar school tests took place, 150 out of 327 students sat the Irish version.
It is so important that we provide translation for all just because a pupil speaks both English and Irish doesn’t mean they are comfortably taking such an important test in English, they may feel more confident in doing the test in Irish if it is their first language.