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Stop the Cuts to Special Needs Education

9 May, 2006

Sinn Fein Education spokesperson Michael Ferguson will join a protest at 1.30pm outside the SEELB Offices on Grahamsbridge Road Dundonald today to lobby Board members to oppose the introduction of cuts to Special Needs services for children. Commenting he said,

  “ Those who disagreed with cuts to services especially those for special needs children must continue to do so. The Education Committee is made up of all Board members and those non-elected representatives who previously agreed to cuts will now be faced with the precise detail of their decision. They will have an opportunity to take a step back from signing off on the loss of services that could have serious consequences for the well being of children especially those with mild to severe learning disabilities”.   “ We now have another new Direct Rule Education Minister but with the same old agenda. Maria Eagle like Angela Smith and Barry Gardiner have one policy agenda and it is about savings, efficiencies, and rationalisation of spending which in real terms this means less schools, less teachers, less class room assistants, less services with bigger class sizes and a lower standard of education.”   “ If we want to stop the erosion of our education system then we need to stop those intent on doing the British Government’s dirty work until we can elect the new Assembly with locally accountable ministers. I would appeal to everyone concerned about the educational entitlement of our children and young people to demand that all of the political parties nominate and appoint an Assembly Executive on May 15th”.  

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