Lack of teaching staff reaching crisis point

The Irish National Teachers Organisation says 500 trainee-teachers a week being made available to substitute classes would relieve some pressure due to absenteeism.

A meeting takes place tomorrow between the union and the Department of Education on the possibility of allowing more student teachers take over classes.

A survey shows 600 teachers were absent due to Covid-19 in a quarter of primary schools in the first two weeks of the month.

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