The ASTI Central Executive Council (CEC) discussed Covid-19 and second-level schools at its meeting via Zoom today.
The ASTI CEC is made up of approximately 180 members from schools across the country.
Members of CEC reported a high level of concern amongst ASTI teachers regarding new Covid-19 variants, the re-opening of schools, and uncertainty surrounding Leaving Cert exam components.
In this context, the ASTI will undertake a survey of members on their views regarding school safety and the reopening of schools.
CEC also decided that the ASTI will demand that as a matter of urgency the Department of Education clarifies contingency measures for assessment and examination components for the Leaving Cert 2021, including oral, practical and written assessments.
Commenting after the meeting, ASTI President Ann Piggott said: “We will be consulting with our members and demanding that appropriate measures be put in place to ensure that a safe re-opening of schools will happen. ASTI members remain committed to their students and continue to deliver teaching, learning and other supports remotely at this very difficult time. Teachers’ preference is to be in their classrooms with their students as soon as it is safe to return.”