‘Cuts will increase illiteracy’ - MLA

East Derry MLA John Dallat has warned that if proposed education cuts are enforced, many more children will be leaving school unable to read or write in the North West.

The former teacher, said: “These proposed cuts, translate into the loss of 300 teachers or 675 classroom assistants many of whom are on the front line of combatting illiteracy and innumeracy. This is one of the principal reasons why the gap in education standards is getting increasingly wide.

“In recent times 250,000 people between the ages of 16 and 64 could not fill in an application form or read basic instructions on a medicine package. Cutting jobs in education will lead to bigger class sizes, more combined classes, put further pressure on schools and have an adverse effect on the quality learning. There is too much at stake for this madness is to proceed.”