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# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

The deadline to register has been extended until midday tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

Speculation that the exams would be cancelled has been growing since reports last night.

# joe-mchugh - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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