McGrath: Schools need budget certainty
“The uplift in education resource is positive news in the short term but it still fails to resolve the crisis conditions facing schools in the absence of a government in Northern Ireland.
“Our schools can’t be expected to live month to month or year to year. They should be able to plan ahead and deliver the highest quality education to our children and young people.
“This resource may enable schools to buy pens and pencils for their pupils without asking for voluntary donations but that’s nothing to be proud of.
“Tory Ministers exercising control over devolved budgets and civil servants here is direct rule. All parties should be concerned about these developments. If that isn’t the basis for talks, I don’t know what is.”