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A recent snapshot survey carried out by the ASTI found a quarter of secondary schools didn’t have warm water while more than eight out of 10 had poor ventilation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Teachers with underlying health issues, who are worried about the risks of returning to teach children and young adults, need further reassurance that(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: The ASTI has asked him to intervene to secure a meeting between the teachers’ union and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre  regarding the reopening of schools for those in the “high risk” category.  Photograph: Julien Behal

Hundreds of teachers being ordered back to work over the coming days despite suffering serious illnesses which leave them particularly vulnerable to C(...)

Paul Reid of the HSE said 98% of Covid-19 tests have been negative. Photograph: NEXU Science Communication/via Reuters

There were 13,000 Covid-19 tests carried out in the State on Friday, the highest daily number recorded to date. Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley has moved to reassure thousands of Leaving Cert students that the new calculated grades system will be “accurate, r(...)

 Minister for Education Norma Foley: said work is continuing ‘to ensure that all students are treated fairly’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Education Norma Foley has moved to reassure thousands of Leaving Cert students that the new calculated grades system will be “accurate, r(...)

It is now recommended that teachers and secondary school students wear face coverings. Photograph: iStock

Secondary school students and primary and post-primary teachers will be required to wear face coverings in class when a physical distance of 2m cannot(...)

A ‘staggered return’ to schools would be better than everyone arriving back ‘in big bang theory on one day’, says Deirdre Mac Donald. Photograph: iStock

Teachers have cast doubt over whether schools will be able to reopen next month. The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (Asti) said it has a (...)

Martin Marjoram, president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, right, with general secretary John Mac Gabhann, at Leinster House  earlier this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s plans to reopen the State’s schools will be “massively complex” and demand constant vigilance for unexpected events, teachers have wa(...)

One teacher who responded to the ASTI survey said ‘top students’ were ‘choosing to disengage as it has all become too much’. Photograph: iStock

Teachers are concerned about a lack of online security guidance for remote learning given their interaction with children, often in “very intimate spa(...)

ASTI general secretary Kieran Christie: he said the “penny-pinching under-vestment in our schools has gone on for too long, the cuts have been too deep”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A commitment of €42 million to help secondary schools prepare classrooms for the return of students is insufficient, and the Government will have to “(...)

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