The Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has announced that the Executive has agreed to move forward with the establishment of a single Education and Library Board as part of the Department of Education’s urgent mission to streamline administration of the service.
The single Board replaces the proposed Education and Skills Authority (ESA) which was to have brought all sectors together to deliver education across Northern Ireland. However, after the Executive failed to reach agreement on the form and structure of ESA, the Minister was forced to find an alternative as part of the government’s commitment to reform of public administration.
Alongside the new ELB, there will be a new body to represent the interests of the Controlled sector. There has been no announcement as yet as to the makeup of this body but it is understood it will include members of the Protestant churches’ Transferors Representatives Council. (more…)