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Colleges have been advised that they “should” keep away from planning to enter finances deficits.

The warning is available in a letter from the finance director on the Division of Schooling (DE), Gary Honest.

It’s in response to a transfer from greater than 40 head teachers in greater Belfast who said they would refuse to implement more cuts to their budgets.

They mentioned they might not take measures like shedding employees to save cash, even when it pushed them into the pink.

Mr Honest mentioned that he was writing to colleges “in response to quite a few letters I’ve lately acquired from some principals and oldsters”.

“Whereas I respect that almost all of faculties will proceed to train budgetary discretion and agency monetary administration, some principals have indicated that, even in doing so, they could be pressured into deficit positions,” he wrote.

“What’s of extra concern is that some have additionally acknowledged that they are going to be planning for deficit finances positions over the following three years.”

Mr Honest went on to cite steerage “which clearly states that deficits (in addition to massive surpluses) should be prevented”.

“No faculty might plan for a deficit with out the consent of the Schooling Authority,” he continued.

“I’d be grateful if you happen to may share the content material of this letter with dad and mom.”

In April, the top lecturers wrote to the DE, the Schooling Authority and the secretary of state stating that the finances scenario going through them was “untenable”.

Additionally they wrote to oldsters of all pupils in 43 colleges, telling them that they might not make staffing cuts with out “compromising” kids’s schooling.

Mr Honest’s letter, dated 9 Might, is in response to these issues.

He had previously written to schools warning them that they would want to make “tough selections” in 2017/18.