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Stormont Executive should pay attention to teachers over early school closures due to Covid

John Mulgrew


The profession isn't being treated with the respect it deserves

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Stance: Education Minister Peter Weir has refused to close schools early

Stance: Education Minister Peter Weir has refused to close schools early

Stance: Education Minister Peter Weir has refused to close schools early

As you read this column on a fresh and nippy December morning, Northern Ireland's schools should have already shut their doors on 2020. But they haven't.

So, why haven't they? It seems to be a clear sign that the voices of our teachers aren't being heard clearly enough.

All the efforts being made to allow some degree of flexibility during the Christmas period feel somewhat futile as hundreds of thousands of teachers, staff and students are being sent home to their wider families, just days after being cocooned in a potential petri dish of a classroom environment.


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