The Sinn Féin education spokesperson said:
“The announcement today by Education Minister John O’Dowd that over £72 million in extra investment is available for various education services is to be welcomed.
“The money will be spread across various areas including allowing more families on low income access to grants for school uniforms and free school meals. The extra funding will also be aimed at extending the Youth Services, Area Learning Communities, training for school governors and the Extended School Programme.
“This investment will have a huge impact especially in areas of high deprivation by helping young people and their families gain a positive educational experience.
“I particularly welcome that some of the funding will be used to ensure more school buses are fitted with the proper signage and warning lights to identify them as carrying children. The money going towards the school maintenance budget will also help the construction industry.
“The Minister indicated that more money would be available for capital projects in the near future and I look forward to see the school estate being improved in the time ahead.”