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Thousands of schools jobs 'could go as a result of budget cuts'

A senior official in the Department of Education has predicted at least 2,500 job losses in schools over the next financial year because of cuts.

Trevor Connolly, speaking as he gave evidence to the Education Committee at Stormont, described the situation as "extremely bleak and difficult".

Mr Connolly said 1,000 teaching jobs and 1,500 non-teaching jobs could be lost and that that figure could rise. He said school budgets could also be cut.

BBC News NI Education Correspondent Maggie Taggart reports.