The majority of third-level students will be back on college campuses in September, according to the Minister for Higher Education.

Simon Harris said while there still may be some aspects of learning that may need to be done online, the Government is planning for a full return to third-level education in person and that students can expect a significant increase in on-campus learning.

He said a pilot programme of rapid testing being carried out at four universities from this week would help determine if this type of testing would be a part of college life.

Minister Harris said Ireland was an outlier when it came to the use of rapid testing and said the €1.2 million invested in it would help determine if they could be part of the toolkit for dealing with Covid-19.

He said he will bring proposals to Cabinet tomorrow which will lay out the maximum and minimum students can expect in the return to in-person education.

He also said he expects that most students will have at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by the time college returns.

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