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O'Dowd needs to heed parents

The fact that there appears to be an insatiable demand for children sitting transfer tests should be proof that this is what the majority of parents want - until the Minister for Education, John O'Dowd, comes up with a better alternative.

By putting pressure on headmasters to forbid any preparation in school time for the tests is ignoring the wishes of parents.

There are many leading lights on both sides of the religious and political divide who have been through the grammar system with no ill-effects.

In the mainland, the demand for grammar education is growing, as the comprehensives are not the be-all-and-end-all as once was thought.

John O'Dowd is doing nothing but imposing part of the Sinn Fein ideology. Surely all the members of the Assembly should have been able to sort this mess out?

That is what they get paid a hefty salary for. Or do they not care about our children's future?

HUGH MORROW

Newtownards, Co Down

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