No child should go hungry as a result of technical changes, which threaten free school meal entitlement,Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said.
The party’s education spokesperson said Sinn Féin are currently seeking mitigation measures to protect children who may lose their entitlement.
Karen Mullan commented: “Sinn Féin has already called for a full equality assessment after initial screening found that 2,000 children may no longer be eligible for free school meals due to a technical amendment to the eligibility criteria.
“This support is vital for disadvantaged children and it would be entirely unacceptable if any child was to go hungry because of a technical change.
“We have had a number of positive engagements with both the Department and the Education Authority and I believe there is a genuine will to try and find a solution to this issue.
“We will continue to work closely with education officials over the coming days and weeks to ensure that suitable mitigations are put in place to protect these entitlements and ensure no child loses out.”