A single transfer test is set to be run by grammar schools in Northern Ireland from 2023 but the three grammar schools in Fermanagh have failed to confirm to The Impartial Reporter if they are signing up to the new arrangement despite the deadline to do so having passed.

BBC NI revealed the plans last week after they obtained a confidential document.

It means that if it gets the go ahead, the two separate tests, run by PPTC and AQE, will cease to operate.

A separate company the Schools’ Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG) is being set up to run the transfer test according to the BBC.

There have been calls for the scrapping of the transfer tests altogether in the past while the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the tests for the last two years.

Schools who want to sign up to the new test had until September 29 to do so.

Despite attempts to contact the three grammar schools in Fermanagh - St. Michael’s, Mount Lourdes and Enniskillen Royal Grammar School - none responded to say whether they had signed up or not.

If a grammar school does not sign up it is likely they will have to run their own tests.

The BBC revealed that the document contained information on the set up of the organisation with the SEAG being run by nine of the grammar school principals in Northern Ireland who will be nominated by all who have signed up.

The assessment will consist of two test which will comprise of English and mathematics and will probably be held on separate dates.

An Irish language version will also be provided.

An administration payment of £20 by parent per pupil will be required except for pupils on free school meals.

There will also be a contribution made by each member school.

The confidential document does not state the name of the company providing the test.