Northern Ireland's education system is under "considerable strain" and faces "severe financial challenges", according to a senior civil servant.
The Department of Education's top official, Derek Baker, made the comments in the accounts for 2017-18, which have just been published.
The Education Authority overspent its budget by about £19m last year.
That is mainly due to increased spending on schools and pupils with special educational needs.
It follows a similar overspend by the Education Authority in 2016-17 for which it was…