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Education Minister must pay Teaching Staff

10 June, 2005

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Education is calling upon the new Education Minister Angela Smith to take responsibility for paying the Salaries and wages of Education Staff centrally if she is serious about addressing Educational Provision. Commenting upon his call Michael Ferguson said,

"If the Minister is actually serious about dealing with the crisis within the Education system then should take responsibility centrally for paying education and Teaching staff. The Government entered into wage arrangements with the Trade Unions and they should therefore take responsibility for all such payments and do so centrally.

"It would then be possible for Education and Library Boards to make more realistic bids for educational provision and in conjunction with Government agree on what it actually costs to provide for educational services that includes, infrastructure, special needs, maintenance, IT, books etc. This would be the honest way forward for Government." ENDS

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