PM under pressure to close all secondary and primary schools in England

Boris Johnson is urged to close all schools in England after the government decided to close all elementary schools in London.

A union leader has said the move to close schools in the capital is the right choice for the rest of England as well.

According to Sky News, the plea comes from the joint general secretary of the National Education Union, Mary Bousted.

Education Minister Gavin Williamson confirmed on Friday that all London elementary schools will be closed next week as the capital struggles with high levels of coronavirus infections.

While the move was welcomed as the “right decision,” the government was also accused of having made another U-turn just days after telling some schools to reopen for the new term.

Under the government’s original plan, secondary schools and colleges should be closed to most students for the first two weeks of January, while elementary schools in 50 local authorities in London and the south of England were also asked to keep their doors closed.

On changing these proposals for elementary school, Cabinet Secretary Williamson said, “As infection rates rise across the country, and particularly in London, we must take this step to protect our country and the NHS.

“We will keep checking the list of local authorities and reopening the classrooms as soon as possible.”

The decision came after heads of eight London boroughs asked Mr. Williamson to reverse the decision, pointing out that some areas on the closure list had lower infection rates than those where schools had been asked to reopen.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the U-turn and said: “The government has finally seen sense and U-turn. All primary schools across London are treated equally.

“That is the right decision.”


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