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Capital investment in school estate welcomed

24 June, 2014 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Chris Hazzard has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister John O’Dowd of £170m investment in the school estate.

 Mr Hazzard said,

 “The investment of £170m in capital investment in 16 new schools right across all sectors is the latest round of investment in making schools fit for purpose for education in the 21st century.

 “The Minister is living up to his commitment of ensuring that every school is a good schoo,l not only in the physical sense but also in raising academic excellence.

 “I understand that the minister has used his entire available budget to ensure that as many schools as possible benefited from today’s announcement.

 “Not only is this good news for the schools announced today but it is also a boost to the entire economy especially the construction industry.

 “It is therefore important that the Executive continues to support the Minister in his efforts to access funding in order to transform other schools waiting on a new build or capital improvements.”

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