Student Teachers put on the green jersey and head for class

Student teachers will be deployed to fill vacant teaching roles in schools across the north west.


As many as 4,000 student teachers will serve as substitute teachers all over the country from as early as next week.


A union representing primary school teachers says students are putting on the ‘green jersey’ by stepping in as substitutes during the Covid-19 crisis.


Teaching colleges have agreed to reschedule exams and assignments to facilitate the initiative.


The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation says 10-thousand-5-hundred pupils, and up to 15-hundred primary teachers are currently infected with the virus.


Donegal native and General Secretary of the INTO, John Boyle, praised student teachers for signing up: