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Faculties have been instructed 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 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 workers to save cash, even when it pushed them into the crimson.

Mr Truthful mentioned that he was writing to varsities “in response to various letters I’ve lately acquired from some principals and oldsters”.

“Whereas I admire 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 might 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 subsequent three years.”

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Truthful’s letter, dated 9 Might, is in response to these considerations.

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