Alliance Education spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has called for closer co-operation between the Education Boards and CCMS over their plans for the number and type of schools that they need in each area. Currently there is two separate audits of what each sector requires. The plans are aimed at reduced the 85,000 empty desks in all schools.
Trevor Lunn MLA said: “If we want this whole process to achieve the best results then there needs to be a suitable level of co-operation between the Education Boards and CCMS about the changes that could happen. Currently we have two separate processes going on which is not going to make our school system more sustainable in the long run.
“Everybody will agree that there is an urgent need to update our school system to meet Northern Ireland changed demographics. We are already seeing some changes with the sharing of resources between schools and I welcome that, now is the time to see what further actions we can take to increase sharing.
“This is going to be a long process and what has been announced are not firm proposals, it is merely the beginning of a consultation exercise. I would encourage the public to read these proposals and respond to the Boards.”