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Press Releases 2017

Education is an Investment Not a Cost

Thursday, 16 November 2017

INTO Northern Secretary, Gerry Murphy, commenting on the Budget brought by the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, earlier this week said,

"The education system in the north now finds itself in dire straits. 80% of our schools will find themselves in a negative financial situation at the end of this financial year.

We will quickly now begin to see a rapid increase in class sizes. In addition, services necessary to support the learning delivered by a shrinking, overworked teaching profession, will be reduced further.

Principal teachers and volunteer school governors are increasingly finding themselves having to take decisions that are placing them in the role of gate keepers. As a result of government cuts they are being forced to decide who is to receive support and who is to be denied.

A mere 1.5% increase in the overall school budget is in reality another cut given inflation is running at almost 4% and coming as it does on the foot of a 9% overall reduction in the education budget since 2010/11.

INTO along with the wider trade union movement in ICTU are embarking on a major campaign aimed at seeing more investment in public services, something education is crying out for. The campaign will also seek to end the pay cap and see the quality of jobs improved. 

Teachers cannot be expected to maintain a service that is being systematically run into the ground. Westminster and its proxies need to realise that in a situation where cuts have been administered every year since 2010/11, and pupil numbers are now increasing, and if a systemic failure is to be avoided a significant funding infusion is needed now.

It may be a cliché but it is none the less true,” Education is an investment not a cost."

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