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Department not helping schools

THE Department of Education, by placing its emphasis on "empty desks", is misleading the public (News, June 30). All primary schools submit pupil numbers every October. The department is trying to claim it was not aware of the number of empty desks.

The real fact is that the department is not providing the necessary resources, financial as well as teaching and other staff, to primary schools. An empty desk does not attract any money.

Furthermore, the age-weighted pupil unit - the money which is assigned for each pupil - has been reduced by £15 per pupil.

The Signature Project (for newly qualified teachers), which helped pupils progress in school, has had funding withdrawn. What a sad indictment.



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