If the education system in Northern Ireland was a business it would have “folded years ago”, NI’s commissioner for children and young people has said. The BBC reports
Koulla Yiasouma made the comments in her inaugural report. Her report also claimed that resources have not been spent properly to address poverty and mental health concerns.
It adds that many of the problems pre-dated the collapse of the Stormont executive.
Northern Ireland has been without a functioning devolved government since power-sharing between the DUP and Sinn Féin collapsed 18 months ago.
The ‘Statement on Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland’ report highlights “systemic failures” in areas including education, poverty and mental health.
The commissioner highlighted the government’s failure to address the issue of “educational underachievement”.
The report also found resources had not been spent as well as they could be and said there was little evidence the various education sectors in Northern Ireland represented “value for money”.
It also states that children with special educational needs are “not being identified early enough” and have to wait too long to be assessed.
“Whenever I visit a school, particularly a primary school, children with special educational needs is the number one issue raised with me”, said the commissioner.
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