A candidate in the upcoming council elections has criticised the Education Authority's proposal to close a Derry school as a "political choice" rather than a "necessity".
People Before Profit Foyleside candidate Shaun Harkin said: "The Education Authority's announcement that it plans to close Groarty Integrated Primary School subject to a consultation is very disappointing news.
"Derry has only two integrated schools. Groarty PS is the only integrated school on the Cityside.
"We stand with parents, teachers and school staff opposed to the closure. The proposal to close the school is unnecessary and should be resisted.
"Too often the EA acts against the interests of students, parents and educators. This is another example. This announcement only compounds the crisis Derry schools face as a result of budget cuts."
He continued: "We are told school closures, teacher and classroom assistant layoffs must happen because funding is tight so hard choices must be made. We live in a very wealthy society - slashing education budgets is a political choice. It's not one of necessity. We need a grassroots education justice movement that can win the resources our schools need. Integrated education must be part of this.
"The consultation shouldn't be another box ticking exercise. Everyone concerned with the future of integrated education provision and the overall state of our schools should weigh in. If parents, educators and the Groarty school community decide to take action we call on everyone to back them."

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