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Hazzard welcomes Accelerated Passage for Education Bill

14 October, 2014 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Chris Hazzard MLA has said that today's decision by the Assembly to grant accelerated passage for the Education Bill presents "real opportunity for much-needed progress" on vital administrative reform. 

Chris Hazzard said: 

"With the Reform of Public Administration (RPA) coming into effect on April 1st 2015, the existing Education & Library Boards would be left in a precarious legal position if subsequent educational administrative reform was not agreed. 

"Sinn Féin have for some time now called for all sides to come together to agree a way forward for the reform of our educational administration. 

"Not only does this process present a great opportunity for financial savings as a result of a new streamlined, strategic Education Authority; but agreement will also deliver clarity and confidence in the way forward throughout the system." 

Mr Hazzard concluded; 

"I was pleased that accelerated passage was granted and that following a lengthy debate in the chamber the general principles of the Bill were also agreed. 

"As we move forward in the weeks ahead to final considerations of the Bill I hope that all sides work to achieve much-needed consensus on the way ahead for our education system." 

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