Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills

Engagement with Trade Unions on Keeping Schools Open: Discussion

Marc Ó Cathasaigh (Waterford, Green Party)
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No irony is intended; I am quite sure. There has been unprecedented demand. I would like to have seen teachers vaccinated.

On the issue of school attendance, of children and of teachers, will the witnesses provide details on whether we have seen the big impact? Are we seeing increased demand for substitution? Are we seeing a lot of children not attending this year?

On the substitute teacher supply scheme, we have identified deficiencies but will Mr. Christie and Mr. Boyle comment on how successful it has been? Apart from providing cover to those extra schools are there other areas we need to work on and make improvements in so the system works a little better?