Principal concerned with rise in pupil absenteeism

AN Enniskillen native, who is the principal of one of the largest girls’ schools in Belfast, has highlighted the desperate situation schools are finding themselves in as the number of pupils marked absent every day continues to rise. Jackie Bartley, who is the principal of St Genevieve’s High School in the Andersonstown area of west Belfast and president […]

Local students warned of mental health issues

NEW research has suggested that many local students begin university or college with mental health problems, but that some courses had more students with issues than others. The findings from Ulster University and the Atlantic Technological University in Letterkenny were based on data collected from 1,829 first-year undergraduate students as part of a Student Psychological Intervention Trial. Students […]

Pupils excel in A-Level results

  POST-16 students across Fermanagh have ‘excelled’ according to their school principals as A2 and AS students received their examination results on Tuesday morning. For the second year running, formal examinations were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic meaning schools themselves calculated the grades to be awarded to pupils. A third of the pupils in […]

Cyber hackers target South West College

AS IF local students and staff didn’t already have enough to contend with at the moment, the South West College (SWC) faced serious disruption recently as a result of a sinister cyber attack. Police have confirmed to the Herald they are aware of the incident and are investigating after it was reported in the Belfast Telegraph […]

Calls for financial support for students

FERMANAGH’S young people are “being treated terribly” and “something needs to be done” to help them face the extreme challenges they are currently facing due to the Covid pandemic. That’s according to local Cllr Sheamus Greene, who is a school bus driver by profession and chair of the board of St Mary’s in Brookeborough. He […]

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Students still paying rent despite online lectures

MANY local students are still facing huge accommodation bills for the year ahead, even though classes are going to be all online for the foreseeable future.  This academic year has already been a rollercoaster for the county’s school leavers, who not only faced the most disruptive and controversial exam season in living memory due to […]