Senator Annie Hoey, the Labour party spokesperson on higher and further education has told Meath Live there is an urgent need for clarity around Christmas exams, specifically about where they should be held.
Senator Hoey has written to Minister Harris asking him to clarify if student exams will be going ahead in person, rather than online, in light of the increase in Covid cases.
“There is growing concern in further and higher education institutions about the holding of exams in the traditional exam hall style rather than online, which has been the practice over the last 18 months due to Covid 19”
“I have been inundated with contact from students’ unions and college administrators seeking guidance on this issue from the government.
“The next few weeks will be crunch point for us all in our Covid journey and with the consistent rise in Covid-19 cases these past number of weeks, guidance is urgently needed so that students and examiners alike can know that they are safe during this period.
“Indeed, many students will be travelling from university towns and cities to their home place after the exams, and there is no need for unnecessary risks of Covid spreading at a community level.
“In light of this, the Department must publish updated recommended guidelines for student exams this Christmas. We must be assured that we are doing everything we can to protect further and higher education students and staff. I have written to Minister Harris to provide updated guidance and outline how the HEIs can deliver a safe and secure means of examination over the coming weeks.”