DUP Meet Education Authority Chief Executive over School Disruption

The DUP Education Committee team, Diane Dodds MLA, Robin Newton MLA and Harry Harvey MLA have today met with the Chief Executive of the Education Authority regarding the current disruptions being caused in our schools.

By Diane Dodds MLA

Upper Bann

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The DUP team stressed the need for commonsense guidance for schools from the Public Health Agency, which prioritises and protects in person learning for our young people.

Speaking after the meeting, the DUP Education Committee Members said,

“It is absolutely vital that after so much disruption to their education, children return safely and consistently to the classroom.

We have been inundated with concerns from parents and teachers regarding the current guidance from the Public Health Agency on testing and isolation for pupils.

These stark issues have been compounded by the lack of available tests, which is a matter the Minister for Health must address urgently.

It is vital that the Education Authority provides help, support, and guidance for our schools, as they try to overcome the current difficulties.

Teachers and staff, who should be spending their time empowering our young people, are now forced to spend their days dealing with bureaucratic processes. We welcome the £5.6m funding award made last week by the Education Minister enabling schools to employ additional help with track and trace.

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