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Faculties 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 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 stated they’d not take measures like shedding employees to save cash, even when it pushed them into the crimson.

Mr Truthful stated that he was writing to colleges “in response to plenty of letters I’ve not too long ago obtained from some principals and fogeys”.

“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 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 giant surpluses) should be prevented”.

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

“I might be grateful for those who might share the content material of this letter with dad and mom.”

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

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

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 selections” in 2017/18.