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Don’t close schools: McNarry

Published 13/10/2011

Politicians have appealed to Education Minister John O'Dowd to put an immediate stop to all planned school closures.



Vice-chairman of the Assembly education committee, UUP MLA David McNarry, said he had been contacted by concerned parents and schools facing the axe.

Mr McNarry said: “I am calling on the minister to stop all closures until the full process he outlined in his statement on the future of the province’s schools is complete.”

The chairman of the education committee has written to the minister asking him not to proceed with plans to close schools until the viability audit is carried out.

Redburn Primary in Holywood has been visited by officials from the South Eastern Education and Library Board (SEELB) in the past week.

The Holywood primary school at present has 76 pupils, many of whom come from the army barracks, and is currently financially in surplus.

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