THE Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, calls for a longer delay in reopening schools which would allow more time for mass testing.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, recently confirmed that only primary school children, children of key workers and secondary school children in years 11 and 13 will go back to school on January 4, 2021.
However, the Mayor doesn’t believe this is the right move, stating that although “the best place for our children is in schools” he wants Ministers to delay the reopening of secondary schools for in-person learning for most children until later in January, with the exception of vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
He said that specifically in London the rate of infection is dangerously high, and “we know that before Christmas school students had the highest rates of the virus.”
The Mayor said that with the situation in UK hospitals at critical levels, delaying reopenings “would allow time to roll out mass testing in schools to ensure staff and students are able to return safely.”
Michael Gove’s announcement that “other children will be taught remotely for at least the first week” was not enough, according to London’s Mayor who said: “The Government must provide resources to support online learning and ensure students are not disadvantaged by lack of access to equipment or the internet.”
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