Funding concerns expressed by post-primary schools across the North demonstrate the impact of Tory-DUP austerity cuts, Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has said.
The Foyle MLA was commenting after a letter of concern was published by the the Area Learning Communities and endorsed by every post-primary principal in the North.
Karen Mullan said:
“Sinn Féin has consistently argued for our schools to be adequately resourced and have demanded increases to funding.
“We successfully ensured that Education had access to additional funding last July and successfully overturned the proposed cut to the uniform grant which would have pushed families and children into greater poverty.
“I do not believe that simply focusing on the allocation of the defined budget for education will provide the necessary measures to address the concerns the ALC’s have outlined.
“The reality is that the Block Grant has been slashed by over £1 billion, unless there is an end to the current austerity policies being forced on people here by the Tory’s, aided by the DUP, then all front line public services will continue to be damaged.
“Sinn Féin believe that educational welfare of our children must be prioritised over cuts, children and families should not have to bear the brunt of relentless Tory-DUP austerity.
“No political party should be supporting the Tory austerity agenda and we will continue to make the case for increased funding for education to be better the lives of all our children and young people.”
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