As schools in England opened following Boris Johnson’s phased re-opening plan, only one in four children return. Since closing late in March at the onset of COVID-19, schools started to open doors on Monday welcoming the first batch of students. The decision to re-open comes along a series of other decisions such as ease of social distancing measures. UK continues to report about 4,000 new cases per day.
As per Department for Education in England, only 52 percent of schools have opened amidst rising safety concerns among parents and school authorities. UNICEF had previously warned against school opening which spike possibilities of infection among children belonging from economically downtrodden sectors.
However, observing the figures, Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary commented, “It is encouraging to see the majority of primary schools open their doors to more pupils, and almost double the number of children now attending early years settings,” re-assuring families about the safety of their wards.
About 91 percent of educational institutions are operational since last week bringing around 690,000, or 6.9 percent, back to school campuses.
“The figures released show what a very long way the government has to go to convince the nation’s parents and teachers that a wider opening of schools is safe.” Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, National Education Union.