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Sinn Féin protest Education Direct Rule Minister

9 September, 2005


Saturday 10th September 9am Holiday Inn Ormeau Avenue

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson will join a protest outside the Holiday Inn on Ormeau Avenue tomorrow morning at 9am where Education Minister Angela Smith is due to address a NILGA Conference.

The protest is one of a number held over recent months by Sinn Fein as part of Sinn Fein's Campaign against under funding in the education budget. Commenting upon tomorrow's protest Michael Ferguson said:

"Direct Rule Ministers should not think that they can introduce or facilitate budget cuts to mainstream educational services and simply turn up unchallenged at events while this government erodes mainstream educational services.

"A sample survey of 16 schools in part of West Belfast for example has revealed that 62 education and non-educational staff have lost their jobs since June.

"Children from Poleglass with ADHD educational and behavioural difficulties have been denied supervised transport to school while ethnic children in St Patrick's College in Lisburn with not a word English have no language support in school because 18 EAL Teachers were also made redundant in June.

"School Transport, School Maintenance Programmes, Music and Sports Coaching along with Youth Services are all suffering as a result of historic under funding and budget capping by Direct Rule Ministers.

"We will step up our campaign until this Government gets real about education and provides a real budget to support education and learning." ENDS

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