Unions representing primary school teachers and special needs assistants (SNAs) have reiterated their commitment to the resumption of education services to students with special educational needs.
Representatives from the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO), FÓRSA and the Department of Education met today.
Last night, a spokesperson for the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), reaffirmed their commitment to working within the process.
“INTO participated in a broad discussion on special education provision with the Department of Education. No decisions were taken.
“We are committed to working within this process to advance the reasonable concerns of our members to secure a safe and orderly reopening of our schools.”
“INTO will provide a statement when definitive decisions have been taken. In doing so we are acutely aware of the anxiety amongst both teachers and parents owing to the ongoing speculation.”
A spokesperson for Fórsa said the union will continue to work with the Department of Education.
“We will work towards the resumption of these vital services in the shortest possible timeframe compatible with the safety of students and staff."
“It remains Fórsa’s belief that this can and should be done in ways that underpin the safety of students, staff, and others during this awful pandemic,” the spokesperson said.