Sligo union official ‘very concerned’ about plans for schools

A top teachers’ union official from Sligo says his members are ‘startled’ and ‘very concerned’ by the government’s plans for schools as it strives to deal with the Covid-19 surge.

Teaching unions have criticised the government for not consulting them about plans to run classes for some students this month.

Schools will close for the rest of January but Leaving Cert students will go to class for 3 days a week while special education will also continue.

The INTO says it was not consulted about the latter decision, and believes the rushed plans pose “unnecessary risks”.

Kieran Christie is general secretary of the ASTI: