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McGrath: Education cuts unfair on rural communities

SDLP Education Spokesperson and South Down MLA Colin McGrath has criticised Education Chiefs following reports that the Education Authority are considering ending free school transport.

Mr McGrath said:


“It appears that the Education Authority think that there are elements of our children's education that it is acceptable to charge for.

“News that they are not only considering ending free school transport, but are also considering increasing the cost of a school meal, as well as increasing the amount that children will have to pay for music tuition will all have an impact on parents and families.

"If these proposed cuts go through, children and their families are going to be penalised multiple times.

“I am gravely concerned that children from rural communities will be hit hardest. The majority of children in our rural areas live beyond the three mile range and thus are eligible for free transport. Now they will have to pay.  Where is the rural proofing that decisions must be subjected to?

“I trust that the Education Authority are not using the current political uncertainty to pass unpopular decisions.

“This underscores why we must focus on people politics rather than party politics - which is all that we are getting from our current Executive.”

Colin McGrath MLA

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