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Holding Practical Elements Of State Exams Could Add To Student Stress

That's according to the ISSU, as the Department proposes a new action plan.

Holding practical elements of the Leaving and Junior Cert exams outside of class time may add to student’s stress levels.

That’s according to the Irish Second-Level Students' Union, which says the new proposal published by the Department of Education could affect pupil’s mental health. 

ISSU president, Mountrath's Reuben Murray says down-time is particularly important in exam years: 

Meanwhile, the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland  says the issue of equal pay must be addressed before it considers new education reforms.  

The proposed action plan by the Department also includes moving training courses for teachers outside of school hours. 

Deputy General Secretary of the ASTI, Diarmuid de Paor, says the union would be more open to proposals around remote learning if other issues were addressed:

The "digital divide" must be addressed before remote learning tools are used during future school closures, according to a parenting support body. 

The Department of Education has signalled remote learning tools, that were introduced during the pandemic, could be used on snow days or other occasions when schools are forced to shut. 

One Family supports lone parents and its CEO Karen Kiernan says more investment is needed:

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