Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Ceisteanna (660, 662)

Ruairí Ó Murchú

Ceist:

660. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science his engagements with Dundalk Institute of Technology regarding exam results not being delivered to students; the steps he has taken to resolve the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9571/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Matt Carthy

Ceist:

662. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if it will be ensured that the issues that have resulted in students at Dundalk Institute of Technology not receiving exam results will be resolved as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9578/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Further and Higher Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 660 and 662 together.

Dundalk Institute of Technology is an autonomous higher education institution in relation to academic issues. I was glad to be able to engage with students on this matter and I am pleased that my Department understands that following recent discussions between staff and management at the Institute, on 16 February the Teachers’ Union of Ireland wrote to its members to advise of the immediate suspension of action affecting students’ exam results. It is further understood that academic staff were requested by heads of schools to enter exam data into the student records system before close of business on 18 February. Exam boards are expected to take place this week with a view to results being made available to students later in the week.