A secondary school teachers’ union has called for an early Christmas break for schools after a nine-month struggle through Covid-19.

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said it would also allow more time to staff and students to restrict their movements before meeting elderly or vulnerable relatives for festive gatherings.

Education Minister Norma Foley yesterday ruled out finishing the term on Friday, December 18, rather than the following Tuesday 22nd December, unless public health advice changed.

But the TUI later said “serious consideration” should be given to the proposal.

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