THE Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) has directed members not to co-operate with the arrangements announced yesterday for the partial reopening of schools.
The Cabinet yesterday approved a plan to reopen schools for three days a week for Leaving Certificate students.
The ASTI say that they were not consulted on the matter.
The union has now said that members should only engage on remote teaching.
A statement said: “The ASTI Standing Committee met this evening to discuss the announcement by the Minister for Education Norma Foley that special schools, special classes and specialised settings will be fully open from Monday 11 January and that Leaving Certificate students will receive in-school teaching provision for three days each week with all other students to be supported to learn remotely.
“The ASTI was not consulted before this announcement. The ASTI has not been provided with the necessary assurances that schools are sufficiently safe for students and teachers at this time, in the context of the new variant of Covid-19 circulating in the community and the alarmingly high numbers.”Tags: