Cash given to low earnings households to assist pay for varsity uniforms might be lower considerably by the Division of Training to save cash.
The Training Authority (EA) mentioned the division had instructed them to chop the quantity spent on college uniform grants by £3m.
That will imply £1.9m is out there in 2017/18, in comparison with £four.9m in 2016/17.
The division mentioned that it confronted “main monetary pressures in 2017-18 whether it is to function inside its price range”.
“Consequently choices to scale back spending throughout all programme areas are being explored, together with the clothes allowance (uniform grants), prolonged colleges and the entitlement framework,” it mentioned.
About 98,000 pupils in Northern Eire acquired a grant this 12 months.
Probably the most that any particular person pupil can obtain is £78 which helps pay for uniform and PE equipment for post-primary pupils.
The instruction by the division to make the proposed lower was mentioned at the latest board assembly of the EA.
An EA spokesperson advised the BBC: “In its current Useful resource Funds Allocation letter, the Division of Training has instructed the Training Authority to make sure spending cuts to realize price range financial savings.
“These embrace a discount of £3m for varsity uniform grants.”
The BBC understands that, if applied, the discount in funding of about 60% wouldn’t scale back the variety of candidates, however would cut back the quantity of assist every would obtain.
The varsity clothes allowance scheme helps pupils from low earnings households in major, post-primary and particular colleges. Major college pupils can obtain £35.75 in the direction of uniform prices.
Put up-primary and particular college pupils can obtain £51 in the direction of their uniform if they’re underneath 15 years previous and £56 if they’re over 15.
Put up-primary and particular college pupils may obtain £22 in the direction of paying for varsity PE equipment.
Nonetheless, if the lower have been applied, every pupil would obtain a lowered quantity in the direction of their college uniform.
The division additionally confirmed that prolonged colleges funding is being lowered by about £1.5m.
Simply over £10.6m was supplied to round 400 colleges in 2016-17 and that is being lower to £9.1m in 2017/18.
The prolonged colleges scheme offers colleges in comparatively deprived areas some extra cash.
They use this to offer breakfast and homework golf equipment, summer season schemes and parenting assist.