Opposition MLA, Trevor Lunn stated: ” Alliance believes that having a central education authority would be more beneficial than the current system in the long term. We also believe that a thorough consultation must be conducted to ensure maximum efficiency within this new authority.
“I hope that Catriona Ruane’s decision to delay this move will not put it in jeopardy.
“Northern Ireland and its education system needs to move towards a society free from segregation, where every child can be given the option of attending an integrated school.
“A central body would enhance sharing and integrated education. This would not only benefit Northern Ireland socially, but also financially, because a massive amount of money is wasted on segregation in education every year.”