Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (203)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

203. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address matters (details supplied) regarding third level education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12169/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

To assist with the development of plans for the re-opening and operation of higher education in an environment that may require social distancing and other public health requirements, the Department of Education and Skills is engaging with relevant stakeholders from the higher education sector. This work is ongoing, and it is hoped that a communication for the sector will be published in the coming weeks.

However Higher Education Institutions are autonomous institutions and are entitled to regulate their own academic affairs and administrative processes. Therefore the timelines for re-opening and the determination of fee structure are a matter for each institution to decide. The University of Limerick is best placed to offer clarity on their planned re-opening.