In a newspaper article, the Prime Minister writes that “social justice demands” that classrooms be full again, and says that education is crucial for the well-being and future of children – especially children. more disadvantaged.
He warns of the “spiraling economic costs” of inability to work for parents and guardians, adding: “Keeping our schools closed longer than necessary is socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and morally indefensible. “
Mr Johnson is supposed to only favor school closures as a last resort after science advisers warned that further interventions may be needed to reopen classrooms in England next month.
England’s Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said reopening schools “should be a priority,” insisting that they must be the first to reopen and the last to close on any reintroduction of restrictions.
But Schools Minister Nick Gibb said this week that the government could not “decree” classroom education to be a priority, saying instead that decisions would be made by local health chiefs.
However, a Number 10 source said on Saturday that Mr Johnson expects schools to be the last area to close, with businesses shut down first in the event of severe local lockdowns.
“The Prime Minister has made it clear that businesses, including shops, pubs and restaurants, should be forced to close first, with schools remaining open as long as possible,” the source said.
Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, warned last week that the nation has “probably reached near the limit or limits” of what can be done to reopen society safely.
And Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modeling led to the decision to impose the lockdown, suggested ministers should ‘reverse easing restrictions’ to allow full-time return to schools while keeping the virus out. under control.
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Regarding the return of all students, Mr Johnson writes in the Mail on Sunday: “This pandemic is not over, and the last thing any of us can afford is to become complacent. But now that we know enough to reopen schools to all students. safely, we have a moral duty to do so. ”
According to him, “the costs of closing schools have been disproportionately borne by the most disadvantaged, the very children who need school the most”, and the time spent outside of class leads to a lower level of education on average, affecting “future life chances”.
There is a fear, he writes, that “some will lose their education, their jobs or their training altogether, never to return.”
He also says that “the fewer children go to school, the poorer their health.”
Quoting Sport England, the Prime Minister said that a third of children have done less physical activity in the lockout, “many suffer from poorer mental health”.
While the Prime Minister warns against complacency, he also points out that scientists have “learned more about how the virus is spread and how we can control it”.
He says scientists from the government advisory group SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) have informed that the risk of children becoming seriously ill with COVID-19[feminine[feminine is weak.
He adds that the government has “worked closely with teachers’ unions and school leaders on measures to ensure our schools are protected against COVID.”