Stormont Education committee hears plans to cut special schools nursery hours suspended
A DECISION to cut pre-school provision for children at special schools has been suspended, a Stormont committee heard yesterday.
Plans by the Education Authority (EA) to impose a cut of two hours had been due to come into force from September.
The EA said last week that the move was "designed to increase the opportunity for children to access special schools places".
However, EA officials yesterday appeared before Stormont's education committee and confirmed a review was to take place into the plans, which would have affected 29 special schools in the north.
It comes after Education Minister John O'Dowd said last week that the plan to cut the pre-school provision for children placed in special schools was "flawed".
Dr Claire Mangan told the committee: "Obviously, until the EA board has the information that they will require, we are not moving forward with part-time".