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Education Minister Peter Weir

Education Minister Peter Weir

Education Minister Peter Weir

Teaching unions have questioned the legality of an announcement by Education Minister Peter Weir that schools should reopen on August 17.

Addressing hundreds of head teachers in an online broadcast hosted by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), Mr Weir said pupils in primary seven and those taking their GCSE and A-levels in years 12 and 14 should be back at school by that date.

This is the first time Mr Weir has set a date, having previously said some years would return in August with the rest to be phased in from September with a mix of classroom and remote learning.