Education

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland believes the Leaving Cert can go ahead this year. The class of 2021 has missed around 40% of the curriculum because of Covid 19. Schools aren’t expected to return in full until after St Patrick’s Day. Despite this, Michael Gillespie from the Teachers’ Union of Ireland believes the exams can […]

Talks between teacher unions and the Department of Education are expected to resume today to try and get special education reopened. Labour TD Aodhan O’Riordain’s calling on the Education Minister to stop saying things in public, after a plan to have children back in the classroom was dropped last week. He also believes it’s important […]

The Education Minister says her Department has met all the teachers unions requests to try and get children with special needs back to school. Efforts to get teachers and students to return to the classroom this week fell through last night. Norma Foley says the unions said they would act and accept the public health […]

A Cork parent of a child with special needs is calling for teachers to receive the Covid 19 vaccine as a priority. The comments by Siobhan Bridgeman come as the Government was forced to abandon a plan for children with special needs to return to the classroom tomorrow The Department of Education says the decision […]

Teachers unions are defending the decision not to return to the classroom this week to teach children with special needs. The Department of Education says the decision was down to “a lack of co-operation” from unions. Further engagement between the Department and unions is expected over the coming days to try reach an agreement. Andy […]

The Education Minister is being urged to engage with stakeholders on an hourly basis to address the education of children with special needs. It’s after the Irish National Teachers Organisation said it had ‘grave safety concerns’ over plans to reopen special schools and classes on Thursday. It wants the Department of Education to reconsider its […]

That’s according to the Irish Secondary School Students Union, which says a decision is needed on the Leaving Cert soon. The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, prefers that the written exams do go ahead, but has acknowledged ‘differing voices’ on the matter. Reuban Murray, President of the Union, says the lack of clarity is starting […]

Sinn Féin’s calling for contingency plans to be urgently put in place in case the Leaving Cert exams can’t go ahead. There are fears these students won’t have in-person classes until after St Patrick’s Day. But the government says it still intends to have full, written exams for Junior and Leaving Cert pupils in June. […]

Last night’s Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting heard calls for this summer’s Leaving Cert to be scrapped. Some TDs and Senators argued the exams should be replaced with predictive grades once again. Schools are closed for the rest of the month, but Education Minister and Fianna Fáil TD Norma Foley says the written Leaving Cert […]

The Irish Second-Level Students Union is calling for the standard Leaving and Junior certs to be scrapped this year. It has written to Education Minister Norma Foley, calling for an alternative format for 2021. Schools are closed until at least January 31st – but the Minister says she intends to run the exams as planned […]


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