The National Education Union( UEU) of the United Kingdom (UK) has said that, all schools in England should close down for a period of two weeks after the Christmas break due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
The call according to the NEU’s is due to the surge in coronavirus which has caused stress for pupils, teachers and parents.
The NEU’s said the call for school closure came after a statement by the Education Secretary, Mr. Gavin Williamson, all London primaries would remain shut on Monday, rather than only those in some boroughs.
We have consistently said that education is a national priority, and we will continue to protect the futures of our young people in the face of the pandemic.https://t.co/3daOQCfSoH— Gavin Williamson (@GavinWilliamson) December 30, 2020
Covid-19 cases in the UK has increased drastically as infection levels in the capitals.
The Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union( NEU), Dr. Mary Bousted has called for all primary and secondary schools to be closed, saying “what is right for London is right for the rest of the country”.
In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Dr. Mary Bousted said schools closure will help in establishing a mass-testing system which should be led by public health bodies in the country.
Dr. Bousted said ” In secondary schools for 1,000 pupils you will need about 21 volunteers to do this testing because teachers can’t do it, and the support staff can’t do it because they will be teaching and supporting children’s learning.”
Head teacher of Stowmarket High School in Suffolk, Mr. Dave Lee- Allan said he would not reopen the school adding that “it should be left to the head teachers on the ground to make the right call”.
He described the government decision to keep children in school as a National priority frustrating. “Keeping children in school is a national priority and that we are key workers” he said.
Everyone wants children in schools but with infectious new variant being more dominant in 10-19 & 0-10 age grps AND with schools currently not being covid-safe, there is little choice but to keep all schools shut. @tes covers our concerns @IndependentSage https://t.co/mhmaK4xMfB— Dr Zubaida Haque (@Zubhaque) January 1, 2021