Antigen testing to be introduced in schools

Antigen testing will be introduced in schools on Monday, the Education Minister has confirmed.

Normal Foley says it’ll be operational from the 29th, and guidance will be made available to schools and parents this week.

Meanwhile unions and the department are meeting to discuss student teachers being recruited to primary schools to deal with a covid staffing crisis.

INTO General Secretary John Boyle expects the full details to be laid out at today’s talks.

“What we asked for that of there 4,000 students of the PME’s and the 3rd/4th years, that they would be released in at least of batches of 500 every week up until mid term break in February.

“It seems that our call has been listened to.

“As well as that, Minister Foley announced last night that there would be another 200 teachers added to the supply panel scheme.”


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