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#Joe McHugh

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister
# Back To School
# Back To School

It is not envisaged that significant PPE will need to be worn when schools reopen, says minister

Jun 24th 2020, 4:33 PM 15,471 Views 24 Comments

Guidelines for schools are currently being drafted.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 12 June, 2020

Two-metre rule 'would mean one day at school weekly for primary pupils'
# Schools
# Schools

Two-metre rule 'would mean one day at school weekly for primary pupils'

Jun 12th 2020, 2:57 PM 45,030 Views 100 Comments

McHugh said if the rule remains in place, students will engage in blended learning from home on the other days.

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light
# Back To School
# Back To School

Special summer school programmes with supports for children with special needs get green light

Updated Jun 12th 2020, 2:42 PM 14,616 Views 15 Comments

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said he hopes that schools, teachers and SNAs “feel they can get involved”.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 4 June, 2020

Plans to be announced for summer classes for children with special needs, or from disadvantaged areas
# Joe McHugh
# Joe McHugh

Plans to be announced for summer classes for children with special needs, or from disadvantaged areas

Jun 4th 2020, 5:44 PM 22,478 Views 44 Comments

Minister for Education Joe McHugh told the Dáil about the plan this afternoon.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Minister for Education issues new court action against Western Building Systems
# Repair Work
# Repair Work

Minister for Education issues new court action against Western Building Systems

Jun 3rd 2020, 6:05 AM 14,964 Views 0 Comments

40 schools built by the firm have required remedial work to fix structural issues.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 30 May, 2020

Some school children returning and others not 'would be discrimination' - Children's Ombudsman
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Some school children returning and others not 'would be discrimination' - Children's Ombudsman

May 30th 2020, 4:52 PM 26,685 Views 29 Comments

Schools have been closed since 12 March as part of efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 29 May, 2020

Schools to only partially return in September if 2m-rule in force, Education Minister says
# State Exam
# State Exam

Schools to only partially return in September if 2m-rule in force, Education Minister says

May 29th 2020, 8:13 AM 20,383 Views 49 Comments

Education Minister Joe McHugh said he was against this partial return, and would “move mountains” for students.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 28 May, 2020

Over 98% of Leaving Cert students sign up for Calculated Grades system
# Schools
# Schools

Over 98% of Leaving Cert students sign up for Calculated Grades system

May 28th 2020, 10:15 PM 21,466 Views 24 Comments

The deadline to register has been extended until midday tomorrow.

Two-metre rule makes reopening schools in September difficult, minister says
# Social Distancing
# Social Distancing

Two-metre rule makes reopening schools in September difficult, minister says

May 28th 2020, 12:04 PM 30,972 Views 72 Comments

The minister said he will publish a road map for the reopening of schools in two weeks.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 26 May, 2020

The new Munster Technological University will be established in 2021
# College Times
# College Times

The new Munster Technological University will be established in 2021

May 26th 2020, 10:36 PM 31,108 Views 26 Comments

The new technological university will be formed by Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 22 May, 2020

ASTI changes tack and is now advising its members to comply with the Leaving Cert calculated grades system
# Indemnity
# Indemnity

ASTI changes tack and is now advising its members to comply with the Leaving Cert calculated grades system

Updated May 22nd 2020, 5:32 PM 22,425 Views 59 Comments

Education Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the development.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

'That is a disgrace': Row erupts over claims 'school profiling' will discriminate against some students
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

'That is a disgrace': Row erupts over claims 'school profiling' will discriminate against some students

May 13th 2020, 4:37 PM 29,017 Views 81 Comments

Education Minister Joe McHugh defended the decision to cancel this year’s Leaving Certificate.

# joe-mchugh - Sunday 10 May, 2020

'Too early' to say how schools will be able to re-open in September, says education minister
# Joe McHugh
# Joe McHugh

'Too early' to say how schools will be able to re-open in September, says education minister

May 10th 2020, 8:36 PM 42,935 Views 100 Comments

Schools and colleges have been shut since March.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 8 May, 2020

Leaving Cert: Here are the details of the new plan announced by the government
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert: Here are the details of the new plan announced by the government

May 8th 2020, 3:08 PM 87,823 Views 108 Comments

Teachers will provide an estimate of the percentage mark each student is likely to have achieved.

As it happened: Minister announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades'
Live May 8th 2020, 2:17 PM

As it happened: Minister announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades'

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans

May 6th 2020, 3:57 PM 17,665 Views 38 Comments

Most students want the exams to be cancelled, according to a new survey.

# joe-mchugh - Saturday 2 May, 2020

Fianna Fáil says the time has come to cancel the Leaving Cert
# State Exams
# State Exams

Fianna Fáil says the time has come to cancel the Leaving Cert

May 2nd 2020, 1:19 PM 36,957 Views 48 Comments

The party’s education spokesperson says the uncertainty is causing stress for students and parents.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Junior Cert students to receive 'certificates of completion' from State and written report from school
# State Exams
# State Exams

Junior Cert students to receive 'certificates of completion' from State and written report from school

Apr 29th 2020, 1:50 PM 129,046 Views 84 Comments

Plans to hold a school-based version of the Junior Cert in the autumn have been cancelled.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 23 April, 2020

Latest plan for Leaving Cert will see exams start on July 29th, minister says
# Minister For Education
# Minister For Education

Latest plan for Leaving Cert will see exams start on July 29th, minister says

Apr 23rd 2020, 7:40 PM 30,665 Views 37 Comments

Minister for Education Joe McHugh confirmed that the State exam would begin on Wednesday 29 July.

Majority of parents surveyed opposed to July/August start for Leaving Cert
# State Exams
# State Exams

Majority of parents surveyed opposed to July/August start for Leaving Cert

Apr 23rd 2020, 8:51 AM 35,279 Views 40 Comments

29 July has been pencilled in as the most likely date by which the Leaving Cert would start.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 8 April, 2020

Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days
# State Exams
# State Exams

Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days

Apr 8th 2020, 1:33 PM 77,902 Views 101 Comments

The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet on Friday.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 30 March, 2020

A TV class for primary school children starts on RTÉ2 today at 11am
# Home School Hub
# Home School Hub

A TV class for primary school children starts on RTÉ2 today at 11am

Mar 30th 2020, 6:30 AM 52,274 Views 47 Comments

The ‘Home School Hub’ will be aired each morning from 11am to 12 noon on RTÉ2.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Government working on 'contingency plans' for Leaving Cert
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Government working on 'contingency plans' for Leaving Cert

Updated Mar 24th 2020, 5:05 PM 115,069 Views 133 Comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that there was a very good chance state exams would go ahead as planned this summer.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 19 March, 2020

Government examining how to continue with meals for vulnerable children during school closure
# Breakfast Clubs
# Breakfast Clubs

Government examining how to continue with meals for vulnerable children during school closure

Mar 19th 2020, 1:34 PM 13,410 Views 11 Comments

The Minister for Education acknowledged that many children rely on programmes such as the breakfast club at their schools.

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams cancelled - all students to get full marks
# Exams
# Exams

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams cancelled - all students to get full marks

Mar 19th 2020, 11:10 AM 149,653 Views 148 Comments

The decision was announced this morning by the Department of Education.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

All first-year students will have to study history as part of the Junior Cycle from September
# History Lesson
# History Lesson

All first-year students will have to study history as part of the Junior Cycle from September

Feb 18th 2020, 2:57 PM 21,704 Views 26 Comments

History is now a core subject on the Junior Cycle.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 21 January, 2020

School secretaries to suspend work-to-rule industrial action to allow for WRC talks
# Secretaries
# Secretaries

School secretaries to suspend work-to-rule industrial action to allow for WRC talks

Jan 21st 2020, 7:45 AM 7,153 Views 44 Comments

Fórsa head of education Andy Pike said the talks needed to yield real and significant progress.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 10 January, 2020

'We just want what's fair': School secretaries protest nationwide as they conduct work-to-rule action
# Education Minister
# Education Minister

'We just want what's fair': School secretaries protest nationwide as they conduct work-to-rule action

Updated Jan 10th 2020, 2:25 PM 17,328 Views 40 Comments

Talks between the Department of Education and trade union Fórsa are still ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 9 January, 2020

Education minister pleads with school secretaries to cancel planned industrial action tomorrow
# Pay Gap
# Pay Gap

Education minister pleads with school secretaries to cancel planned industrial action tomorrow

Jan 9th 2020, 6:26 PM 12,568 Views 27 Comments

Rallies have been organised at a number of locations including at Leinster House and at the minister’s Donegal constituency offices.

€1m pilot scheme for schoolbooks for disadvantaged primary school pupils announced
# Funding
# Funding

€1m pilot scheme for schoolbooks for disadvantaged primary school pupils announced

Jan 9th 2020, 11:14 AM 9,086 Views 54 Comments

The fund has been set up on top of a grant which is already provided to all schools.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 30 December, 2019

Number of students in Irish-medium education could double under government plans
# Irish Language
# Irish Language

Number of students in Irish-medium education could double under government plans

Dec 30th 2019, 3:01 PM 17,791 Views 66 Comments

Minister for Education Joe McHugh announced the plan today.

# joe-mchugh - Friday 13 December, 2019

School secretaries unhappy with 'an absolute joke' 1.5% pay increase offer
# Department Of Education
# Department Of Education

School secretaries unhappy with 'an absolute joke' 1.5% pay increase offer

Dec 13th 2019, 6:01 AM 10,638 Views 33 Comments

Talks broke down between the Department of Education and Fórsa at the Workplace Relations Commission this week.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Suggestions children aged 4 would be taught about masturbation called out as 'dangerous scaremongering'
# New Sex Ed Plan
# New Sex Ed Plan

Suggestions children aged 4 would be taught about masturbation called out as 'dangerous scaremongering'

Dec 11th 2019, 4:58 PM 28,294 Views 67 Comments

The minister said the ethos of the school is central to any curriculum and will be protected.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 5 December, 2019

20 to 30 new schools to be built across country as government issues contract worth €700 million
# School Building
# School Building

20 to 30 new schools to be built across country as government issues contract worth €700 million

Dec 5th 2019, 12:05 AM 30,628 Views 59 Comments

A number of new school buildings in Dublin are included among the initial plans.

# joe-mchugh - Monday 25 November, 2019

€30 million fund allocated for improvements at more than 400 schools
# Summer Works Scheme
# Summer Works Scheme

€30 million fund allocated for improvements at more than 400 schools

Nov 25th 2019, 7:22 AM 7,400 Views 6 Comments

Some of the allocation will be used to establish electric vehicle charging points.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 14 November, 2019

South Dublin schools urged to open more special needs places to tackle shortage
# Joe McHugh
# Joe McHugh

South Dublin schools urged to open more special needs places to tackle shortage

Nov 14th 2019, 10:30 PM 12,856 Views 16 Comments

McHugh has activated new legislation which directs schools to open more special classes.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Repair works cost State €40m after concerns over structural defects at schools
# School Safety
# School Safety

Repair works cost State €40m after concerns over structural defects at schools

Nov 12th 2019, 6:47 PM 12,438 Views 42 Comments

A total of 40 schools were caught up in the controversy over structural and fire safety deficiencies.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 2 October, 2019

Education minister agrees to bring school secretaries dispute to Workplace Relations Commission
# WRC
# WRC

Education minister agrees to bring school secretaries dispute to Workplace Relations Commission

Oct 2nd 2019, 10:24 PM 7,122 Views 9 Comments

The dispute centres around the fact that only a few hundred of the country’s 3,500 secretaries are paid directly by the Department.

# joe-mchugh - Tuesday 1 October, 2019

Minister wants History to be 'mandatory' for Junior Cycle
# Special Status
# Special Status

Minister wants History to be 'mandatory' for Junior Cycle

Oct 1st 2019, 8:23 AM 9,921 Views 53 Comments

Maths, Irish and English are currently the only compulsory subjects, bar some exceptions.

# joe-mchugh - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays
# Home Tuition
# Home Tuition

Young children with autism left without education due to funding delays

Sep 26th 2019, 6:15 AM 7,573 Views 21 Comments

Home tutors have raised concerns that the Department of Education has failed to process tuition grants.

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