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Local principals put schools funding crisis under the microscope

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Local principals put schools funding crisis under the microscope thumbnailBallymena primary school principals from left: Mrs Sandra Sheeran, Ballykeel, Mrs. Karen McMaster, Camphill, Mr. Richard Topping, Broughshane, Mr. Roy McClelland, Kells and Connor and Mrs. Cathy Humphrey, Groggan.

SCHOOL principals met in Ballymena last week to discuss the impact that cuts to the education budget are having on schools and the community.
The meeting on Thursday night at Castle Tower School heard how parents are having to fork out money to help make up shortfalls.
Local Principal, Emma Corry, said: "Parents and Governors must lobby their MLA's and MP's for fair funding for schools.
“The Government and the public must be made aware that in some schools, parents are being asked to fund aspects of the children's education and that school leaders are taking on maintenance duties due to a lack of funding."
The principals also discussed the impact of not being able to carry forward funds to meet their school's three year plan.
At the meeting school leaders resolved to write to Secretary of State James Brokenshire, MLAs and MP's to make them aware of "the devastating effect these cuts are having on our school communities."
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and school leaders are calling for fair resources for all our pupils put directly into school budgets.
NAHT(NI)'s president Paul McClenaghan told the meeting: "Pupils in schools in England receive twice as much funding as pupils in Northern Ireland."

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