The Upper Bann representative and former Education Minister said:
‘’I welcome the progress this week on legislation going through the Assembly which will give families of year young children a choice to delay their school starting year.
“This will benefit many children and families.
‘’Not every child that is young for their year will need to defer but it’s important for families to have that choice, to make a decision that is the best interests of their child.
‘When I was Minister of Education I started the process of introducing similar legislation but unfortunately it was simply not possible to complete the process in the time left in that mandate
“I want to pay tribute to all those families and groups who have campaigned since to secure these important changes.”