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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Primary school closes classroom as no teachers available

A classroom at a Meath primary school has been closed due to a lack of teachers and substitute teachers available.

Third and fourth class pupils at Scoil Eoin Báiste in Nobber were asked to remain at home today as no teacher was available to take the class.

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Principal Anne-Marie McKenna told RTÉ that she tried everything she could and even appealed on social media for help yesterday but was unsuccessful in finding a substitute to cover two teachers who were absent this week.

Apart from illness, teachers are absent due to the stay at home rule that was enforced for individuals who present symptoms of Covid-19.

Ms. McKenna, who is a special education teacher, was teaching a mainstream class today, making her unavailable to the school’s four mainstream classes who have additional needs.

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According to Ms. Mc Kenna, these students have lost 20 days of teaching while adding, “They are the children who are really getting the raw deal all the time”.

Describing the situation as “upsetting”, Ms. McKenna said that the decision to tell families to keep their children at home was a “heartbreaking” one to make.

“We are just exhausted. There is no break. You are spending your weekends and evenings looking for subs. I was even on Twitter last night”.

Many schools across the country have been hit with the same issue of teacher shortages as well as having a lack of substitutes to replace them due to both illness and the stay at home rule.

IMAGE – “File:Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach – 27 June 2020 (50051632532).jpg” by Houses of the Oireachtas from Ireland is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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