Hundreds of teachers could be made redundant this year when cuts to school budgets are implemented, it has been warned.
The Belfast Telegraph reports: The SDLP believes more than 150 teaching posts will be chopped in the Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB) area alone — and, as a result, class sizes will climb.
However, there are four other education and library boards who also employ teachers as well as the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS).
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has put the Northern Ireland-wide figure at 1,000 in the next academic year but rising to 3,000. It follows a decision by the Department of Education to reduce the amount of funding available to schools from this September.