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Education Protest at BELB Headquarters Today

21 July, 2005

Sinn Fein Education & Library Board Members will hold a protest outside the Belfast Headquarters tomorrow to coincide with the first Board meeting of the year following the election of the new Board.  The Sinn Fein team will be joined by Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson and parents from two schools who have been hit by the cuts.

Commenting upon the Protest Michael Ferguson said,


“Sinn Fein’s Board members will not be policing an inadequate budget set by the Government and a budget which is having an adverse impact on education services.


We are calling upon the other elected and non-elected members of the Board not to support the scheduled cuts and to oppose any attempt to introduce further cuts. The government needs to get real and provide a real budget that supports education and learning”


Theresa Calvert a mother of a child at St Mary’s Star of the Sea in North Belfast will be in attendance at the protest and commenting upon her attendance said,


“ We are loosing three teachers and as a consequence the special needs teacher is now being moved to fill one of the gaps so their will be no cover for the kids with special needs”


Patricia Reid a parent from Vere Foster School in West Belfast and also attending the protest said,


“ Our school is loosing three teachers, a supervisor and the school canteen is being closed and on top of this classes are to be amalgamated. None of this is good for our children’s education and I am protesting to ensure a good education for my child”.


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