The principal at one of Northern Ireland’s top grammar schools has urged Stormont to ensure that any extra money schools need to spend on heating costs does not take away from the education of pupils.
Rather than gunslingers rocking into town at high noon, it was more ‘the bunfight at the OK Corral’. The stale crusted cream leaving a sour aftertaste of blame and counter blame and in the middle of it all, schools are still left with a bitterness that things are being done too late in the day, if at all.
The Department of Education has given head teachers formal permission to re-assign substitute teachers who have been delivering the Engage programme to classroom duties in a bid to alleviate the pressure on staff shortages.
A war of words has already started ahead of the recall of the NI Assembly on Monday to debate the mounting crisis in education with a DUP MLA claiming other parties are playing political with education rather than seeking answers to the situation
In a week where Covid-related staff absences have battered essential services in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph takes a look at some of the sectors that have been hit hardest from ambulance staff to postal and hospitality workers.
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