Unacceptable for schools to deviate from public health advice – ASTI

The country's largest teachers union says it would be "unacceptable" if any solution to reopen schools deviated from public health advice.

A new report shows the current two-metre rule means primary school students only attending class one day a week, and secondary students twice a week.

Yesterday the Education Minister said that would be a 'non-runner' - the Department's now planning for a return without the practice.

ASTI President, Deirdre McDonald, says the announcement came as a surprise: