Midlands Principal Says We Could Be Entering An Education Emergency

Photo credit: Facebook/St. Etchen's National School Kinnegad and Parents Association

They're facing staffing issues due to covid-19.

The principal of a Westmeath school says we could be entering an emergency in education.

Matt Melvin from St. Etchen's National School, Kinnegad estimates they'll need two substitutes on stand-by as cover for their 30 staff. 

That would represent a 6% increase in the wage-bill of the school. 

Mr. Melvin says the Departments of Education and Finance will have to step up to help the sector:

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