Northern Ireland

All three education boards restore summer schemes

Parents of pupils with special needs reacted angrily to the scheme cuts
Image caption Parents of pupils with special needs reacted angrily to the scheme cuts

Three Education and Library Boards have now decided to fully reinstate summer schemes for pupils with special needs.

The Western and Southern Boards on Wednesday reversed a decision to cut their two-week schemes to one week.

The South Eastern Education and Library Board said it had "formed the view that it should do likewise".

The North Eastern Education and Library Board said its special needs schemes were "operating just as they have in previous years".

Budget reduced

The cutbacks had caused an outcry among parents who said they relied on them.

In a statement announcing its policy reversal, the SEELB said its commissioners had agreed to meet next week "to determine which other areas of provision must now have their budget further reduced to release the funding to underwrite this decision".

Budget constraints meant the three boards had cut the schemes down to one week, but they will now be held over two weeks as in previous years.

The cutbacks caused an outcry among parents who said they relied on them.

Earlier, the North Eastern Education and Library Board it had at no time considered cutting back its service.

It said that 372 young people had registered to attend the schemes this year.

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