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27 Nov 2021

Derry teachers forced to bring toilet roll to school due to funding crisis-Eastwood

The SDLP leader says teaching staff across the city are donating basic items

Colum Eastwood

Colum Eastwood says teaching staff across the city are being forced to bring in basic items due to funding.

Teachers in the city are bringing toilet roll to school due to the impact of austerity, says SDLP leader Colum Eastwood MLA.

Responding to a letter from the Derry Primary Principals’ Group which was given to parents earlier this week the Foyle Westminster candidate said: “The financial pressures faced by schools across the North has been well documented of late. 

"Teachers having to get by on a shoestring budget and having to make drastic cuts to keep schools afloat, all to the detriment of the pupils."

 The Foyle Westminster candidate added: “in Derry, teachers are bringing in toilet rolls and other basic resources. It is unacceptable. 

"The Derry Primary Principals’ group have fought hard to highlight the pressure that they are under, but they should not have too. They are crying out for leadership. As political leaders, we must respond urgently.”

 

The Foyle MLA added: “The SDLP have been engaging with the Head of the Civil Service, David Sterling, who has made it clear that at least ten major pieces of legislation and key policy decisions cannot be made without political leadership and an Education Minister. The impact of the political impasse on our public services is as clear as it is damning. It is about time parties stretched themselves to get back to work and tackle the crisis in our education system."

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