It is important at this time of uncertainty and extreme challenge that students and staff continue to take care of their well-being.
At this difficult time in our society every effort is being made across the organisation to ensure the delivery of teaching, training and supports to our students and maintain the essential services of our organisation. Much creativity and resourcefulness is in evidence in all our centres of learning. Staff members are using a wide and varied range of technological communication methods to continue the work of teaching and learning.
Our teaching and training staff have demonstrated a huge level of commitment in their efforts to reach students and to support, not just their learning, but also their well-being at this very challenging time.
Our Head Office staff, including Finance, HR, IT and Corporate Services have very quickly moved from office and paper-based systems to remote working. The transformation of our organisation in a number of weeks has been extraordinary and staff have adapted very quickly to the new norms.
SUSI staff have been exceptionally busy in preparing for opening on 23 April. They have also had to transform SUSI so that everybody can work from home and enable students all over the country to apply for grants for the 2020/2021 year.
Our Youth Services are working to enable the most marginalised young people to be reached and helped. Our Psychological Services have prepared and gathered very useful materials for students and this has been placed on the Moodle site in the CDU. The support staff in FET and in the CDU are doing very valuable work in supporting the colleges and centres. There is also a wide range of ancillary staff in our organisation including maintenance and administration staff in all our centres who are playing a very important part in keeping the wheels turning.
The vital work of the CDETB Board and committees has and will continue by adaptive use of video conferencing.
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh announces postponement of state examinations. Please check here for updated information from the Department of Education and Skills.
Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor (8th April 2020) announced that further and higher education institutions will not be holding written, oral or practical assessments in examination centres during the Covid-19 emergency. Read Minister’s press release here.
Education and Training Boards across Ireland are implementing important measures to meet the challenges arising from Covid-19 and to ensure continuity of education and training for approximately 450,000 students and learners across the state. Read ETBI press release (07 April 2020) here.
For latest HSE updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) click here.