23 Aug

Peter Weir Welcomes Success of Local Pupils in GCSE Results

Statement by Peter Weir DUP Education spokesman;

“I welcome the news of the success of our local students in their GCSE results. These have yet again improved with over 81% of Northern Ireland GCSE entries achieving A* to C grade. By contrast in England and Wales only 67% of exams obtained a 9-4 grade, the equivalent of a pass here. Northern Ireland continues to lead the way in exam success. The hard work of our students, teachers and parents are to be commended and they should take time today to celebrate. (more…)

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22 Aug

Education funding system in critical need of reform – Rosemary Barton

Following the revelation that the Education Authority contemplated cutting measures essential for the safety of school children, such as the removal of all lollipop men and women, Ulster Unionist Education Spokesperson Rosemary Barton MLA has warned that the local education system is in an untenable funding situation.

Rosemary Barton, a teacher of over 30 years, said:

“It is ridiculous that the Education Authority even for one moment thought that removing staff which help keep children safe crossing busy roads was a viable option. Of course it wasn’t and so it is paramount that the EA continue put the safety of our young people ahead of piecemeal budget cuts. (more…)

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22 Aug

Chris Lyttle says school crossing patrol removal idea proof of need for education review

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said news the Education Authority (EA) considered removing all school crossing patrols is proof the entire education system needs a Bengoa-style review.

Mr Lyttle was speaking after the BBC revealed a letter from the EA in which it states it deliberated removing all lollipop men and women as part of a cost-cutting measure, as well as other “difficult choices” such as withdrawing uniform allowances and making compulsory redundancies in schools.  (more…)

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22 Aug

Lollypop Proposal Unacceptable and Without Foundation – Peter Weir

Statement by Peter Weir, DUP MLA for Strangford and Education spokesman.

“The circulation of a proposal to remove all lollypop men and women from outside our schools is clearly without merit and unacceptable. While undoubtedly the Education Authority and the Department have to explore every option to live within budget, this idea cannot be regarded as a serious suggestion and it is clear that the members of the Education Authority would reject any attempt to propose it. The safety of our children must be paramount, and there is no need to remove the current process for assessing individual placements of lollypop people provision. (more…)

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