The Minister for Education Norma Foley will meet university leaders early this week to discuss how best to bring some level of certainty to students about the academic year and the move to digital learning amid the Covid-19 crisis.
The director general of the Irish Universities Association Jim Miley has said that the announcement by Government on Friday to deliver all classes online for the next three weeks brings extra challenges but the universities have mobilised to respond.
Mr Miley said that substantial additional supports for students to access digital learning are needed as well as mental health supports for students, who are faced with a very difficult position.
He told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that universities have no option but to respond to the public health advice and that although it is a massive logistical operation, it had been mostly completed over the weekend.
In some cases, Mr Miley said