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Failure to form an Executive will have a devastating impact on schools in Northern Ireland, the NASUWT, the largest teachers union in Northern Ireland, has warned.
 
In a letter sent to schools yesterday the Department of Education stated that they had to "plan for a level of reductions to inform their spending plans in the initial months of the year". DE is following guidance from the Department of Finance which has advised that departments should plan on the basis of potential reduction scenarios of 2%, 4% and 6%.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“This should serve as a wake-up call to Northern Ireland’s politicians. School budgets in Northern Ireland have already been cut back to the bone. If these cuts are to proceed schools will find it impossible to maintain their current high quality of education.
 
“Schools in Northern Ireland are already stretched to the limit, any new cuts will have profound consequences.
 
“Schools cannot afford to make any more teachers and support staff redundant.”
 
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:
 
“If devolution is not restored, these budget cuts will cripple public services across Northern Ireland.
 
“Education is already at breaking point. Children and young people are suffering from the legacies of political failure, mismanagement, no long-term budget planning and money being frittered away on pet projects.
 
“The NASUWT remains resolutely opposed to budget cuts in education and our members will be strengthened in their current action short of strike action by this news.”

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