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Sinn Féin Welcome Announcement on EMA

15 February, 2011 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey has welcomed the announcement by Department of Employment and Learning Minister Danny Kennedy that he will not abolish the Education Maintenance Allowance.

Ms Ramsey stated,

“I welcome the fact that DEL Minister Danny Kennedy has stated on the back of a question from Sinn Féin that he will not be abolishing the Education Maintenance Allowance.

“It was thought that the Minister would follow the example of his Tory colleagues in London and abolish the EMA here in the North.  The EMA is important in allowing children from deprived areas the option of staying in education until they sit there A-Level exams.

“The uptake in the numbers of children deciding to stay in education until they are 18 is testament to the success of this scheme.  Sinn Féin has campaigned to have the EMA maintained and will now hold the Minister to account to ensure he makes good his promise today in the Assembly chambers

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