4 children without a Primary School in Southern Board area

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A total of four children within the Southern Education and Library Board are still without a Primary School place for next September.

About 25,000 children in Northern Ireland are due to begin primary one later this year, however, some parents will be facing an anxious wait over the summer.

Earlier this month, the Tyrone Times revealed that a total of 23 South Tyrone and Mid-Ulster children won’t be going to their parents’ first choice primary school.

The shortfall in places has arisen because the schools that parents applied for have been over-subscribed.

In addition, latest Education Department figures have revealed that eleven of Dungannon District’s nursery schools are heavily oversubscribed.

There were a total of 83 applications more than what is available at local nursery units.

The South Eastern Education and Library Board had the highest number of unplaced children at 8, while the Western Board had the lowest at zero.

The figures, which refer to children applying for primary schools who were unplaced as of June 12, were released by the Department of Education at the Northern Ireland Assembly.