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TUI reaction to escalation of restrictions -  audit of schools required to ensure that they have required resources 

By piofficer 14 Oct 2020 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) notes the move to Level 4 restrictions for counties Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal and has called for an audit of schools to ensure that they have the required resources to ensure full compliance with public health advice.     TUI President Martin Marjoram offered the following comment in relation to schools:     Audit of schools required      “It cannot be overstated that the risk posed by the pandemic is a daily source of extreme stress and anxiety to our members, many of whom have serious underlying health issues themselves or else share a household with a person or people with underlying health issues.  

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TUI statement on Minister's announcement re: Calculated Grades

By piofficer 01 Sep 2020 | 0 comments
While the clear preference of the TUI was always that the written examinations would proceed, the Union recognised that this was not possible due to the public health emergency and members engaged with the Calculated Grades system so that our students would have a mechanism to progress to the next phase of their lives. From the earliest stages of its engagements with the other stakeholders on the Calculated Grades process, the TUI demanded and got an assurance from the Department that the system would not involve school profiling and that the level of achievement of every student, irrespective of their school or of socioeconomic background, would be fairly reflected in the Calculated Grades they secure. We note the Minister’s announcement on these and related matters today and we trust that no student will be disadvantaged by the Calculated Grades process or by circumstances outside their control. It is important to state once again that implementation of these measures on an emergency basis will not and cannot be regarded as a precedent. In addition, we welcome the provision of 1,250 additional CAO places in Higher Education Institutions, including Institutes of Technology. in Higher Education Institutions, including Institutes of Technology.

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Survey findings highlight huge challenges involved in safe re-opening of schools – TUI calls for strict adherence to regulations and more resources

By piofficer 25 Aug 2020 | 0 comments
A new survey of over 120 second level schools has illustrated the significant challenges and issues involved in a safe reopening for the new academic year. The online poll of a sixth of the total number of the country’s second level schools was carried out last week by the Principals’ and Deputy Principals’ Association of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI).   

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