Press Release

Committee For Education Hears Directly From Schools

Session: 2006/2007

Date: Monday, 02 July 2007

Reference: EDU 02/07

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Education held an informal reception in Parliament Buildings for representatives from some 23 schools and 10 other educational bodies.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Sammy Wilson MP, said:

“The Committee wanted to hear directly from schools about their concerns over a range of issues, including school amalgamations and redevelopment plans. In particular, a number of Primary School Principals and members of Boards of Governors are here to tell us of the serious problem of under-funding of primary schools.”

Mr Wilson added:
“The Committee has an important role to play in examining the work of the Department of Education and holding the Minister to account. Having heard at first hand the problems of many schools, we will be alerting the Minister of Education to areas of common concern and asking the Department to address these as soon as possible. Clearly, under-funding of primary schools needs to be examined as a matter of urgency”.

Notes to Editors:

The Chairperson of the Committee is Mr Sammy Wilson, MP MLA 
The Deputy Chairperson is Mr Dominic Bradley MLA 
The Committee has a further 9 members: 
Mrs Mary Bradley MLA 
Mr Paul Butler MLA 
Rt. Hon Mr Jeffrey Donaldson MP MLA 
Mr Trevor Lunn MLA 
Mr Basil McCrea MLA 
Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA 
Ms Michelle O’Neill MLA
Mr Ken Robinson MLA 
Mr Mervyn Storey MLA

The Committee has a scrutiny, policy development and consultative role, and advises the Minister of Education directly on the policies and plans of the Department.

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