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Commenting on the announcement of £30 million extra cash from the Monitoring Round for Education in Northern Ireland by Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:
 
“While extra money for education is always welcome, the real issue is what this, and existing money already within the system is actually being spent on.
 
 “Rather than diverting money to pay for restructures, management costs or service redesigns, schools and Government must do more to ensure that every available penny in invested directly into frontline teaching where it will make a real difference.
 
“Only by doing this can education be restored to the position it was in prior to 2011, including settlement of the teachers’ pay dispute.
 
“While it is unclear what the future governmental arrangements are for Northern Ireland any future administration must make education a day one priority and engage directly with the NASUWT to resolve the trade dispute on pay, pensions, and conditions of service including workload and job loss”
 
Justin McCamphill, National Official Northern Ireland, added:
 
“The Secretary of State needs to withdraw his threat to cut the Education budget by 2.5% if devolution is not restored.”
 
“Good government is important but Education should not be used as a stick to beat politicians in Northern Ireland. Whether devolution is restored or not funding for public services in Northern Ireland will be dependent on decisions made in Westminster.
 
“Our children and young people deserve better than this”​
 
 

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