School Governor recruitment drive

Alliance Councillor Stephen Martin has criticised the Department of Education for the backlog in processing School Governor applications.

Councillor Martin secured support at Tuesday’s Council meeting that Lisburn City Council write to Minister John O’Dowd to ask for clarity as to why so many appointments have remained pending some for over three years.

Councillor Martin commented ‘The Department is again publicising their current School Governor recruitment drive.  I would encourage anyone with an interest to get involved as a governor and to make a difference in their local community by sharing their expertise at local school level.’

‘What concerns me is that the Department are painfully slow at progressing the applications at present.  It would be shameful to seek new recruits only to let their eagerness to serve become a lost opportunity through bureaucratic inaction.’

‘I am pleased the Council noted that this is becoming a particularly serious issue for some schools where if vacancies continue to arise with being filled we run the risk of worrying issues of governance coming to light.’