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Sinn Féin backs greater flexibility for school budgets

11 May, 2018 - by Karen Mullan

Sinn Féin education spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA has supported calls for greater flexibility for schools to manage their own budgets.

The Foyle MLA was commenting after the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) called for a review of the way schools are funded, arguing that centralised services and procurement restrictions lead to extremely poor value for money.

“Sinn Féin recognise that schools are experiencing significant financial pressures as a direct result of Tory-DUP austerity,” she said.

“We are in continuous engagement with the Department and the Education Authority over the budget and a range of issues facing schools, particularly the procurement processes. Last month, the EA committed to looking at what measures could be taken relax the restrictions on schools and a follow-up meeting is currently being planned.

“We would also have no difficulty in supporting responsibility for budgets being devolved to Boards of Governors in all schools as already happens in the Grammar sector.”

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