Kate Green has declared that the disruption to children’s education across the country has directly resulted from “government failure” as Gavin Williamson announced a U-turn on the planned reopening of schools next month.
Delivering a statement to parliament this afternoon on the return of children to schools after the Christmas and New Year break, the Education Secretary told MPs that the reopening of schools would be delayed until mid-January.
He told the Commons that “we must always act swiftly when circumstances change” and said evidence on the new variant of the virus and rising infections require “immediate adjustments” to the plans for schools next term.
Green said in response to the statement: “We should not be in this position. Only days before many schools should have been opening again to all pupils, the Secretary of State has announced that many will not be returning as planned.
“This delay and disruption to children’s education is a direct result of government failure. They’ve lost control of the virus, now they are losing control of children’s education.”