A significant number of school staff have contracted Covid-19 in recent weeks, according to the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO).
Across 877 schools, a survey revealed that 605 staff have tested positive for the virus.
The survey, which was conducted from the 1st of November to the 16th of November, found that out of a total of 231,912 pupils in the responding schools, 3,726 pupils were reported as testing positive for Covid-19.
A total of 11,778 substitutional days were reported during the period with 31.36% not being covered.
Of the substitutional days, 48.34% were filled by a registered primary teacher, 10.66% were filled by a registered teacher who is not a primary teacher and 7.34% were filled by a person who is not registered with the Teaching Council.
INTO General Secretary John Boyle said that the survey shines a light on the primary education system that is “cracking at the seams”.
“Soaring transmission levels are an indictment of the premature removal of testing and contact tracing from our primary schools, and of the frustrating failure to move quickly to deploy antigen testing”.