Councillor urges executive not to mismanage students

SINN Féin Councillor Sheamus Greene has called on the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure students are not subjected to pandemic mismanagement which others before them had to endure in the past two years. “Over the last two years, our student population found themselves paying for university courses and student accommodation which they had very limited […]

Pupils take ‘new normal’ in their stride

WHILE the Covid-19 pandemic has presented its fair share of challenges, it would appear that staff and pupils from Lisnaskea’s Naíscoil an Traonaigh have taken the twists and turns of the ‘new normal’ in their stride. As parents and teachers faced extraordinary pressures due to the demands of remote learning. A spokeswoman from Naíscoil an […]

All pupils to return to school after Easter break

Pupils in all primary and post-primary schools will return to school after the Easter holidays. This follows a review during today’s Executive meeting when it was agreed that the remaining students in years 8 to 11 could resume face-to-face teaching from 12 April. Education Minister Peter Weir said, “A major milestone has been reached today […]

Parents speak out on return to school

IN LESS than two weeks, pre-school, nursery and primary school pupils in P1 to P3 will be making their long awaited return to school after Education Minister Peter Weir announced a phased reopening plan to begin from 8 March. However, parents have criticised Mr Weir’s decision, deeming it “senseless” as remote learning will come back […]

‘Teamwork is central to keep teachers going’

WHILE the outbreak of Covid-19 has set extraordinary pressures on teaching professionals right  across Fermanagh, one local principal has told the Herald that a “team approach is central to what’s keeping us going.” Maurice Collins, principal of St Fanchea’s College, Enniskillen said, “This is probably the biggest challenge that our profession has ever faced. “The […]

University students find themselves ‘in limbo’

‘FORGOTTEN’ and ‘left in the dark’ are just some of the words used by university students across the county who have found themselves in limbo once again. As the beginning of second semester approaches, students have been asked ‘not’ to return to campus due to Covid restrictions, while rent agreements continue to be enforced and […]

Digital divide hitting home during covid crisis

FERMANAGH families are being left behind in both education and the workplace during the Covid crisis due to the ever increasing “digital divide” in the county. With so many local people working from home, and third level students now getting to grips with remote learning, having decent broadband connection is more important than ever. However, […]