Department Urged To Reconsider...

News

Department Urged To Reconsider Special Education Plans

Adrian Harmon
Adrian Harmon

9:54 PM - 18 Jan 2021



The Irish National Teachers Organisation's urging the Department to "reconsider" its plan to resume special education this week.

In-class learning was set to resume on Thursday as part of a phased reopening of schools.

However in a statement on Monday, the primary union said a public health webinar earlier in the day failed to adequately address teachers "grave safety concerns".

It said teachers are anxious whilst community infection levels remain very high and that Thursday's resumption should be delayed.

INTO President Mary Magner said,"we have heard the concerns of teachers in recent days and, while teachers across the country are keen to get back to the classroom, they are scared."

She said, "teachers are committed to supporting their vulnerable pupils but the safety of staff is vital."

General Secretary John Boyle was critical of the government's communication on the plan.

He said, "the failure of Minister Foley and Minister Madigan to engage in proper consultation in the last two weeks has been very damaging and it has hampered the planning for the safe reopening of schools."

Mr Boyle said while some progress on some "key concerns" had been made in recent days, he said "there is more work to be done to ensure the safety of staff, pupils and their families, including a higher prioritisation of education staff for vaccination".

The union said it will continue to engage with the department and public health authorities to work towards a "safe, phased reopening" but "up-to-date, reliable information and supports are essential" if this is to succeed.

The INTO's Central Executive Committee will meet again on Tuesday to assess the situation further.



You might like

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-5 AM

Share

Up next

Early Breakfast with Pamela Jo...

Early Breakfast with Pamela Joyce

5 AM-7 AM

Share

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

7 AM-9 AM

Share

Dermot & Dave

Dermot & Dave

9 AM-12 PM

Share

Mairead Ronan

Mairead Ronan

12 PM-2 PM

Share

Fergal D'Arcy

Fergal D'Arcy

2 PM-4:30 PM

Share

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

4:30 PM-7 PM

Share

Ed's National Anthems

Ed's National Anthems

7 PM-10 PM

Share

The Paul McLoone Show

The Paul McLoone Show

10 PM-12 AM

Share

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-5 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on