‘Education cuts will savage pupil development’ – Rogers

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015
SDLP Education Spokesperson Seán Rogers MLA has branded education cuts proposed by Education Minister John O’Dowd as a ‘savage attack on pupil development’. Speaking after the Minister outlined plans,  Rodgers said, “These plans are an open attack on pupil development from the earliest stages to provision right throughout the educational journey. “The headline figure of a cut in 500 teachers and 1000 teaching assistants is appalling at a time when huge numbers of young, well trained teachers are forced to leave our shores every year in search of jobs. “One of the most attractive elements of the Northern Ireland economy is our highly skilled workforce. Such savage cuts to pupil development form a direct threat to that and our strong international reputation. “Most worryingly, however, is the major impact this budget will have on early intervention. It’s important that if we are serious about tackling educational under achievement in communities across Northern Ireland that we have robust early intervention projects. “The cuts planned to Sure Start and Early Years are retrograde, entirely myopic and must be challenged. We also have grave concerns about the impact these plans will have on youth services. Rogers added, “The Minister needs to urgently rethink these proposals and speak to professionals in these sectors as soon as possible. Pupil development is a cornerstone of our education system and our economy and must be fiercely defended.”
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