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Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I can answer the question.

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Gary Gannon: That is okay because I do not have that much time. The 1,000 new teachers that were allocated for secondary schools are very welcome. We have 723 secondary schools in this country. Does the Minister believe that will be enough if there is a second wave? I will also touch on the recruitment process for those 1,000 teachers. There is currently no advertisement related to the recruitment...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: The 1,000 teachers is actually 1,080. I will take this opportunity to explain to the Deputy how that will work. Each school will look at their own need. The hours available in each of those teaching posts will be 22 hours. Management will decide what is needed within the school, for example, an additional eight hours being needed for French and ten hours for physics or whatever the case...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Gary Gannon: I will touch on the lead worker representative role, an especially interesting position being catered for in the roadmap. I imagine it is quite a difficult position. Will the Minister tell us about this role, the person in charge of all the Covid related activities and precautions in a school? How will this person be identified? My understanding is he or she can be any member of the...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: The lead worker representative is an important role within the school. It is a recognition of the need for co-ordination of Covid-19 measures within the school and it is a recognition that there needs to be a number of personnel who are to the fore. There is the principal, the deputy principal and senior members of staff. I know from experience that it will be a whole-school engagement and...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Gary Gannon: We will agree to disagree there. I have only a short amount of time left so I will ask a very quick question. This year's leaving certificate cohort will arrive back in school on 7 September. The Minister knows from being in schools that when the leaving certificate results come out, all these students come back, some in a state of emotional distress and some seeking extra guidance and...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mattie McGrath: The Minister can just give a brief reply, as the time has lapsed.

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: There will be the normal supports in place in terms of helplines and so on. Students will receive their results via the portal, but I know from personal experience that schools will always be open to support and to walk with, before and behind their students. I have every confidence schools will want to play a role, but in the first instance the results will go via the portal to the...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mattie McGrath: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire. Is é an chéad ghrúpa eile ná Solidarity-People Before Profit. An bhfuil an Teachta Barry nó an Teachta Paul Murphy anseo? I move to the Regional Group. Are Deputies Fitzpatrick and Berry sharing?

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Peter Fitzpatrick: No.

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mattie McGrath: Okay. I thank the Deputy.

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I welcome the opportunity to speak this evening. First, I wish the Minister the best of luck in her new role. She is taking on the position at probably the most difficult time imaginable and I assure her she will have my full support should she undertake measures that will make our schools safe for students, staff and parents. The health and welfare of our students must be our number...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I welcome the Deputy's positive engagement and absolutely appreciate that there should be opportunities for him and other Opposition spokespersons to engage with both me and the Department on an ongoing basis over the coming weeks. I would value that positive engagement. There absolutely should be a national effort in which all of us come together to reopen the schools. I appreciate the...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Gary Gannon: Could I use my time to ask a question, receive an answer, ask another question and receive another answer?

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I do not see any difficulty in that. I am sure the Minister will be happy with that. Is she?

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: Yes.

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Gary Gannon: Brilliant. I thank the Minister for taking the time to speak to us this evening. I want to ask her about recommendation 5 of the framework to reopen schools. I will read it out just so she knows what I am referring to. It states "For those larger classes which remain difficult to accommodate consider a live streaming of that class to another room or area in the school." I have contacted...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: As for larger classes and the reconfiguration of school space, the Deputy will be aware of the €75 million I have previously mentioned that is being dispensed into schools to arrive next week to deal with how they can be reconfigured. That is the first option for schools, namely, to reconfigure classroom space or other spaces where there are general purpose areas, assembly areas or...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy for his questions. With regard to the commitment to special education, I am obliged to point out that 20% or one fifth of the annual budget for education is going to special education and children with special additional needs. That is very important and is a recognition of the importance of that sector in the education system. The Deputy referred to special education...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Through no fault of the Minister's I probably did not leave enough time for her to reply. She is eating into my colleague's time so perhaps she could respond to me in writing. I will let my colleague put his questions.

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