Schools under significant financial pressure – Brownlee

Over 400 schools in Northern Ireland faced a financial deficit in 2022-23. In total, the deficit incurred by primary schools and post primary schools in 2022-23 was over £100m.

By Cheryl Brownlee MLA

East Antrim


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The shocking figures were revealed in answer to a Written Assembly Question from East Antrim MLA Cheryl Brownlee.

She said:

“These figures demonstrate the huge financial pressures facing many of our schools. Principals are reporting on a regular basis that they are unable to purchase basic items such as workbooks. This position is unsustainable. It is imperative that the Executive ensure education is a priority in the forthcoming budget.

We cannot have a situation where, during a cost-of-living crisis, parents are being asked for increased financial contributions to help provide basic school necessities.

I welcome the determination and leadership which has been shown to date by the Education Minister, Paul Givan. He has led the way in settling the long running pay dispute with teachers and has asked for a substantial investment in the education estate to improve the quality of our learning environments.

I hope that other Executive Ministers will recognise the value of investing in our young people and will give education the resources it requires moving forward.”

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