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Budget pressures force Northern Ireland schools to shut early.

Budget pressures force Northern Ireland schools to shut early.

Schools in Northern Ireland could be forced to shorten the academic week due to budget pressures, it has been warned.

The claim comes after a south Belfast secondary school announced yesterday that it is to close at 1pm every Wednesday.

In a letter to parents, Breda Academy said it will be starting a “compressed day” from December 6.

Principal Matthew Munro said it was an “essential response to the ongoing budgetary pressures and associated action short of strike action that constrain all Northern Ireland schools to a greater or lesser degree”.

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