Lost days to hit exam students
SCHOOLS have been among the worst casualties of the bad weather, despite the efforts of many principals and teachers to keep them open. Some students have already lost as many as 15 days. A number that closed on Monday have announced they will remain that way until the start of the next term on January 10. That's assuming we don't have more bad weather.
And, lest we forget it, many primary schools will be closed for at least two more days next year when the general and presidential elections will be held and pupils discommoded further while voters go to the polls.
The loss could have negative educational consequences, especially for those taking state exams next June. The school year is short enough in Ireland -- especially at secondary level -- and exam students can ill afford the loss of two weeks or more.