Education secretary Gavin Williamson has been subjected to enduring tons of backlash after insisting on the reopening of schools across the UK. For the past 7 weeks, schooling programmes have been placed on pause as a part of the mandatory strict regulations of the lockdown measures.
It was not too long ago when Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke on the matter, stating that it is a priority to resume with the education programme, by slowly phasing in primary school pupils (up to year 6) and making its way up to high school learners this June.
Mr Williamson advocated for this method proposed by the Prime Minister, but not all parties are in favour of this plan.
The Trades Union Congress cautioned government officials about a potential resurgence in Covid-19 cases amongst school pupils, teachers and those within school grounds if proper precautions are not set out.
“No increase in pupil numbers until the full rollout of a national test and trace scheme,” said a spokesperson for the union.
To counter these doubts, Mr Williamson suggested that members of the union meet with Chief medical officer, Professor Chris Witty to give medical advice and clarity on what precautionary measures teachers, parents and students may take in order to avoid potential transmissions of the virus.
Mr Williamson and government officials plan to reassure parents, teachers and school-goers that the main priority comes June 1st, is that all pupils are not only returning to continue with their educational practices but are not being put in danger while pursuing knowledge.
By Zinhle Nhlangothi