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Nearly 3,000 students to return to secondary school special classes

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Almost 3,000 secondary school students look set to return to their classrooms on Monday 22 February after a deal between teacher and SNA trade unions and the Department of Education was agreed.

The returning students are those with additional educational needs who attend special classes. The Teachers' Union of Ireland and Fórsa agreed to facilitate the reopening of special classes in post primary schools earlier this evening.

However a second teachers' union, the ASTI, was still discussing the proposal, which it subsequently also agreed to. It means that 2,808 second-level students will be able to return to in-school teaching from next Monday week.

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