The Lagan Valley MLA stated: “This development is deeply regrettable.
“I have to question whether the schools involved in this move have fully considered the ramifications of what they are doing.
“This announcement raises more questions than it answers.
“Caitríona Ruane has created a vacuum in which confusion reigns. She has left local parents, teachers and pupils with a situation in which only rumour and speculation can prosper. This disarray is destabilising for our schools and for society. We need progress and we need clarity from her as a matter urgently.”