Northern Ireland - Hundreds of teaching posts to be axed

11th June 2010 at 01:00

More than 220 teaching posts will be axed across Northern Ireland this year, education minister Caitriona Ruane has said.

During ministerial question time, Ms Ruane told the Northern Ireland Assembly that she hopes the majority of cuts will be achieved through voluntary redundancies, and has made #163;9 million available to fund redundancy payments for 221 teachers.

Details of where the cuts will be made are yet to emerge.

"This is a significant amount that was not easy to secure in the current financial climate," she said.

"The funding that I have provided will help the employing authorities to provide an incentive for volunteers and keep compulsory redundancies to an absolute minimum."

SDLP member Alban Maginness said that proposed cuts were a great concern for teachers. "I would hope that the minister would reassure those involved in teaching that where compulsory redundancies are made, or indeed other voluntary redundancies, that efforts - genuine efforts - are made to redeploy teachers in other schools," she said. MR.

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