Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Those tricky 11-plus questions

We seem to have a competition to see which of the NI parties can produce a policy designed to wreck our education system more completely than that of any of the others. Perhaps next year's A-level maths questions might be compared with an 11-plus question of the 1970s.

For example:

1. 11-plus maths in 1970 — the good old way. A forester sells a load of timber for £100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

2. A-level maths in 2009 — the DUP way. A forester sells a load of timber for £100. His cost of production is £80 and his profit is £20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20 and then write 50 words (at least two should be more than four letters long) on the subject of why Caitriona Ruane should not be Minister of Education.

3. A-level maths in 2009 — the Sinn Fein way. A forester cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish, inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands.

He is actually in league with British securocrats intent on destroying the Irish environment, and he does this so that he can make a collaborator's 30 pieces of silver which are valued at £20. What do you think of this way of making a living?

How did the birds and little furry animals feel as this relic of British imperialism destroyed their homes?

Is this Gadarene rush towards promoting universal illiteracy and innumeracy so in a few years pupils will like our MLAs?


High Wycombe, England

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