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Close Northern Ireland schools until February, teaching union demands

Foster wants to keep remote learning short-term but teachers' leader says classroms are 'unsafe'

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Schools are due to reopen on January 11 for many pupils (Danny Lawson/PA)

Schools are due to reopen on January 11 for many pupils (Danny Lawson/PA)

Schools are due to reopen on January 11 for many pupils (Danny Lawson/PA)

A teachers' union has called for all schools in Northern Ireland to stay shut until February at the earliest.

The NASUWT has said they agree with their counterparts in England that schools are "unsafe" and should stay closed, at least until the current lockdown ends.

Union official Justin McCamphill said he was "very disappointed" with First Minister Arlene Foster's proposal that remote learning should only be for a short period.


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