The reform of education administration took another step forward today with the introduction of the Education Bill to the Assembly.
The Education Bill will see eight education bodies being replaced by the Education and Skills Authority next year.
Speaking today, Education Minister John O’Dowd said:
“Today is a significant day in our journey to modernise the administration of education. The Education Bill, which began its passage through the Assembly today, will see the replacement of a 40 year old model of administration with one that better meets the needs of the 21st Century.
“The Education and Skills Authority will replace eight existing administrative bodies next year and will ensure our education system transforms to meet the needs of our young people and of our economy.
“Over the past 40 years, those working for the Education and Library Boards, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools, the Youth Council and the Staff Commission for the Education and Library Boards, whether as staff or Board members, have shown great commitment to improving the educational experience of learners. Their contribution cannot be over estimated.
“As we continue the drive to raise educational standards, ESA will be able to build on the work of these various bodies. It will do so in a way that will reduce unnecessary expenditure on bureaucracy; will help disseminate good practice in our schools; will facilitate the advancement of shared education and will ultimately lead to improved educational outcomes for all children.”