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NI primary school principals unite over budget ‘crisis’

More than 140 primary school principals across Northern Ireland have signed a letter demanding an immediate increase in the education budget.

The letter, suggesting many schools have now reached crisis point, has been sent to both politicians and education bodies.

The principals, from all sectors, are demanding an immediate budgetary increase of at least 7%.

That amounts to more than £80m, given that the current allocation for 2016/17 is around £1.16bn.

As Paul Reilly reports, teachers also want a commitment to provide a year-on-year increase - at the very least in line with inflation - for the next five years.

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