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Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: I am sorry. I thought I had the whole time for myself.

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Mary Butler: We might get the rest of the answers on Bandon in writing.

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: We will do that.

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Danny Healy-Rae: I thank the Minister for being engaged and responding as best he can to every query. He seems to be on top of everything. For my part, I emphasise that schools need to know as soon as possible what the picture will look like at the beginning or September or in late August. There is going to be a massive difference. Are we going to reduce the rule to 1 m as opposed to the 2 m we have at...

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Mary Butler: We must move on.

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Peadar Tóibín: I would like a response to my question on the cost of the indemnification.

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: The cost of the State indemnification will be dealt with by the Office of the Attorney General. Teachers are indemnified. That has been guaranteed. A Cabinet decision provides for indemnification to protect teachers in this process. Whatever costs arise will be borne by the State.

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Mary Butler: The next speaker is Deputy Michael Collins who is sharing with Deputy Danny Healy-Rae. The Deputies have five minutes each.

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Michael Collins: Island living has not been easy throughout the Covid crisis. With eight great islands in west Cork, every effort must be made to keep young families living there. Sherkin Island national school closed its doors in June 2016. For four years it has been trying to secure adequate access to education for the island's children. Its successes over these four years have been hard won. It has...

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: I acknowledge the Sherkin Island community. I have visited the island twice. I commend the community on its creative and innovative approach to issues, including its involvement with DCU on an art project. A great example is Glenroe national school in Limerick which is looking to open up in September. There is nothing to say a school cannot open again in the future. I have confidence...

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: The Deputy is correct in saying that the alignment process has started in terms of estimating grades. There is daily interaction between teachers, teaching colleagues, deputy principals and principals so that work will continue. The executive office that has been set up in the Department is up and running. We have an independent monitoring group chaired by Dr. Áine Lawlor. There are...

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Peadar Tóibín: First, I welcome the indemnification of teachers by the State in the context of this year's leaving certificate. Aontú has been calling for such indemnification for weeks and welcomes the good news in that regard. I would like the Minister to tell the Dáil what money has been set aside for the indemnification and whether it will come from the Department of Education and Skills. My...

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Mary Butler: The Minster has just one minute.

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: Less than one minute. Let me be clear - we have an inclusive educational model. It is not just an urban issue or a rural issue. In my town of Letterkenny, I believe that one of the primary schools has 38 nationalities. It has all ethnicities from around the world. It is a global school. When I attended an event, one of the students summarised the school by saying that it was an...

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: The answer to the question is "Yes". There most definitely will be. It will be different to previous July provisions because it will not only be exclusive to autism. We are widening it out. We have upwards of 8,000 students in our autism spectrum disorder classes. We have 8,000 students in special schools. That is 16,000 straight away. We want to add to that number. We want to look at...

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: Will it begin at the end of June or the start or July?

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: We will be looking next week at contacting the schools and we are looking to start at the beginning of July.

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: I have another question about children in disadvantaged areas. Will there be provision for that cohort of students, especially over the summer period? As we said last week, many students have not been in school since 13 March. It is especially acute around disadvantage. Some students will simply drop out. Significant resources will have to be put towards those students. What are the...

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Joe McHugh: I am reluctant to give a picture of what this is going to look like because we are not announcing it formally until next week. I am going to bring a memorandum to Cabinet and we are going to publish the guidelines. I will offer two examples in terms of disadvantage. We are looking at school completion. This will involve targeted disadvantage to try to get some form of school completion...

Covid-19 (Education and Skills): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Mick Barry: The Irish Timeslast Saturday reported the following: "It is also understood the department is exploring the idea of a “tapered curriculum” when schools return." It also reported: "Some elements of the junior cycle are also being curtailed, with incoming third-year students now required to complete a single classroom-based assessment in most subjects, rather than two." Will the...

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