Leaving Cert students won't be asked to go into school next week after a major government U-turn.
Plans were announced yesterday for 6th year students to attend class for three days a week.
But the government's now reversed that decision and Leaving Cert students will be taught remotely until the end of the month, like other pupils.
It follows the TUI and ASTI unions telling its members not to co-operate with the proposals.
“It is with regret that I announce that, despite the confirmation by public health that schools remain safe, that children in special schools and special classes and Leaving Certificate students will not be extended in-person learning,” said Education Minister Norma Foley.
“My department has engaged with the unions and public health officials with a view to maintaining on site learning for this vulnerable group of students.
“It remains my strong belief that this period of time is crucial for the mental wellbeing of all children with special needs.
“I also felt it was the right thing to extend in-class teaching to our Leaving Certificate students who are approaching a crucial time in their exam year.
“Unfortunately I am left with no alternative but to pause the limited reopening on Monday to allow further engagement with all education stakeholders.”
The TUI says its members won't be going to work in schools next Monday, following the government U-turn.
It says its teachers will be available to provide emergency remote teaching and to support their students, particularly those with special educational needs.
It's welcoming the Government's decision to finally do the right thing by keeping leaving cert students at home.