Conservative MPs have been mounting pressure on Boris Johnson to allow pupils to return to classrooms amid plummeting Covid cases.
It comes after Nicola Sturgeon`s announcement of the “phased and gradual return” to classrooms for Scottish pupils from February 22, weeks ahead of English schools` “earliest” reopening date.
Following growing concerns over the impact of closures on the children`s health and welfare, Torry MPs have sided with parents in campaigning against school closures. The prime minister had set March 8 as the earliest reopening date for English schools.
William Wragg, the chairman of Parliament’s public administration committee, said: “The school shutdown has been damaging children’s educational prospects and having a huge impact on their health and welfare.”
It is believed that is one of eight Tory MPs who has signed up to a campaign by UsforThem, urging the Government to reopen schools.
On its website, UsforThem said: “Our sole objective is to ensure that children and their parents’ voices are heard in all decisions affecting children.” UsForThem called for an immediate reopen or the Government`s release of “the work it has done to show that the schools shutdown is proportionate”.
The campaign group against the closure of schools have been calling on Boris Johnson to either reopen or publish more findings on closure. A cross-party group of MPs is reportedly attempting to secure a debate on the issue.