Members of the CMETB are calling for additional funding to support local teachers who may have to continue working from home this school year.
The Chief Executive of the board, John Kearney, confirmed at a recent meeting that there were still no decisions made on how they would re-open schools in the region; however he said it was unlikely all teachers would be able to return.
This led to calls for more financial supports for those who would need to invest in equipment or incur extra expenses while working from home, with fears that ‘good will’ may eventually run out.
While the CMETB is working to provide laptops to staff, it was noted that working at home during winter would see a rise in heating and electricity bills and they would like to see teachers remunerated for this.
Chairperson of the board, Councillor Clifford Kelly, said that while teachers have not called for this, they feel their work should be recognised by the department.
Speaking to Shannonside Northern Sound he said there would also need to be funding allocated for the provision of sanitizers and safety equipment, and the government now needs to step up: