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

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

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’d not take measures like shedding employees to economize, even when it pushed them into the crimson.

Mr Truthful mentioned that he was writing to colleges “in response to various letters I’ve not too long ago obtained from some principals and oldsters”.

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

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

Mr Truthful went on to cite steering “which clearly states that deficits (in addition to massive surpluses) have to be averted”.

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

“I’d be grateful when you may share the content material of this letter with mother and father.”

In April, the top lecturers wrote to the DE, the Training Authority and the secretary of state stating that the funds state of affairs dealing with them was “untenable”.

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

Mr Truthful’s letter, dated 9 Could, is in response to these issues.

He had previously written to schools warning them that they would wish to make “troublesome choices” in 2017/18.