'MEC Press' March School News Publication 2020

Maynooth Education Campus Issue: 07 www.Mpps.ie www.Mcc.edu.ie 27 | March | 2020 MEC Schools Closure Extended Follow us on Facebook and read the latest updated school information on our App T aoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Dept of Education is optimistic that schools might reopen in May and June. Mr Varadkar also stated, "there is a very good chance" that the Leaving Certificate exams will go ahead and for that reason, he would encourage students to continue studying for exams. The Government is doing "everything possible or feasible that we can so that that group of young people could start college as normal in October". On Tuesday, 24th of March Minister for Education Joe McHugh also confirmed that schools will not be reopening in the short term as efforts continue to stop the spread of Covid-19. Concerning state examinations, Mr McHugh said that his department "really want to make those exams happen". He said they owed it to young people to "see this through and try to have the exams this year" and elaborated that "the dates that are defined for this year" and his department is working towards this. Taoiseach added that if this does not happen, then the Minister for Education is working on contingency plans to allow the Leaving Cert to go ahead. "The Junior Cert also if possible", he added. Minister McHugh has acknowledged that this "is an extremely difficult time for everyone, not least students and their parents". In a statement, he said his message to students facing exams is that they should keep focused, keep working and try, as much as possible, to prepare as normal for the state exams. "We are doing everything in our power to make sure those exams happen". TY Paris Tour Thanks to Frist Year Zoe Tyndall Musical Auditions Extra Curricular