Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Taughmonagh PS need ‘desperate’

Taughmonagh PS principal Janet Douds and education minister Caitríona Ruane
Taughmonagh PS principal Janet Douds and education minister Caitríona Ruane

Taughmonagh Primary School, off the Upper Malone Road, and Scoil Na Fuiseoige PS in Dunmurray are among 14 schools approved for a new building by education minister Caitriona Ruane.

Ms Ruane welcomed the additional £13m allocated for the schools from other departments’ surpluses and said the money would be available in the current financial year.

The minister said: “It is good news for the schools involved but more importantly for the pupils and parents. However, many other schools need investment and it is essential we put in place a sustained and substantial investment programme for the future.

“Some schools will be disappointed that they are not included on this list. I can assure them that I will continue to lobby for more money and if and when I receive funds I will drive forward with the school building programme. I have regularly, and will continue to highlight, the need for continued investment in schools’ infrastructure to support the work we are undertaking to raise educational standards.

“This announcement on funding for infrastructure will be particularly welcome in the current economic climate providing a range of construction jobs, including special social clauses for employment of apprentices and the long-term unemployed.”

Scoil Na Fuiseoige PS, Belfast has been awarded £1.65m while Taughmonagh PS is to get £3.539m

South Belfast UUP MLA Michael McGimpsey and Councillor Bob Stoker welcomed the announcement for Taughmonagh PS following months of uncertainty due to budgetary constraints.

They said the investment was “desperately needed”.

“For too long the children of Taughmonagh have had to endure being educated in sub-standard buildings and temporary classrooms.

“This investment will boost the morale of the whole community in Taughmonagh who have been left in limbo for too long when it comes to the re-build of the school.”

Mr McGimpsey and Mr Stoker concluded: “We have campaigned alongside the community, the school and parents for many years to ensure that this investment was made to provide modern school facilities for the children of Taughmonagh.

“We congratulate all those involved in this campaign and look forward to seeing the children of Taughmonagh in the modern educational facilities they deserve and so desperately need.”

The new build project at Taughmonagh involves the design of six standard classrooms and three speech & language classrooms.

Taughmonagh PS principal Janet Douds and education minister Caitríona Ruane

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