It has been revealed to the Ulster Unionist Education Spokesperson, Rosemary Barton MLA, that there are now 562 schools across Northern Ireland in a deficit position.
After the Ulster Unionist Party wrote to the Education Authority, it has also been revealed that whilst the number of schools in financial deficit has more than doubled from 239 in 2015-16, the number in a surplus position has fallen from 785 in 2015-16 to just 451 in 2018-19.
Rosemary Barton, a former teacher for over 30 years, said:
“This is the first time in Northern Ireland that there have been more schools in deficit than in surplus. This is an incredibly perilous situation and I fear that with the combined deficits now totalling a shocking £62.6m, the Education Authority has lost control of the situation. (more…)