Politics

Reception kids ‘more likely to die from lighting strike than Covid’ as PM urged not to wait until March to open schools


RECEPTION kids should go back to school immediately as they are “more likely to die from a lightning strike than Covid”, Alan Johnson said last night.

The former Education Secretary urged Boris Johnson not to wait until March 8 to reopen schools for 4 and 5 year-olds.

🦠 Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

The former Education Secretary told The Sun: 'Given children in that year group are more likely to die from a lightning strike than Covid we should certainly waste no time in getting this cohort back to school'

4

The former Education Secretary told The Sun: ‘Given children in that year group are more likely to die from a lightning strike than Covid we should certainly waste no time in getting this cohort back to school’Credit: AP:Associated Press
Alan Johnson urged Boris Johnson not to wait until March 8 to get 4 and 5 year-olds back to school

4

Alan Johnson urged Boris Johnson not to wait until March 8 to get 4 and 5 year-olds back to schoolCredit: Getty – Contributor

It came as the PM admitted tackling the damage lockdowns have caused to childrens’ education is the “biggest challenge” facing the country.

Mr Johnson told The Sun: “Given children in that year group are more likely to die from a lightning strike than Covid, and all the arguments we all know about trying to limit the damage this pandemic has done to our kids, we should certainly waste no time in getting this cohort back to school.”

The PM has admitted the repeated school closures have hammered kids’ education, and hit poor pupils hardest.

He has vowed to spend £1.3billion to help children try to catch up on all the classroom time they have missed out on.

The Sun can reveal that No10 has invited a group of MPs to pitch their ideas for this new, national catch up plan.

READ  Brexit trade deal 'moment of national renewal', says Lord Frost

Radical proposals like lengthening the school day, laying on classes in the summer holidays, and letting kids repeat a year have all been put floated by experts.

Boris Johnson said tackling the education crisis is at the top of his intray

4

Boris Johnson said tackling the education crisis is at the top of his intrayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

In a sign Boris is taking a personal interest in the crisis, politicians will hold discussions with the No10 policy unit later this week.

Speaking on a visit in Batley, West Yorkshire, yesterday, the PM said tackling the education crisis is at the top of his intray.

He said: “I think this is the biggest challenge for the Government at the moment, it’s not just the vaccine rollout, not just the NHS difficulties, which remain very severe, but making up that shortfall in education.

“We want to repair any damage or any loss, any detriment to kids’ education as fast as possible.”

Boris has said he kept schools open for as long as possible, and will reopen them as soon as it is safe.

But he said the mutant Covid strain sent infection rates and deaths rocketing – leaving him with no choice but to close schools.

The Sun revealed that secondary school pupils in some parts of England spent just 60 days at school in nearly a year because of lockdowns and bubbles self isolating

4

The Sun revealed that secondary school pupils in some parts of England spent just 60 days at school in nearly a year because of lockdowns and bubbles self isolatingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Schools will start to reopen on March 8 “at the earliest”, he has pledged.

This is expected to be a phased return, with primary school kid and key exam year groups expected to go back first.

The Sun revealed last week that secondary school pupils in some parts of England spent just 60 days at school in nearly a year because of lockdowns and bubbles self isolating.

Boris Johnson confident all Covid vaccines provide high protection against all variants and they will develop

GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL exclusive@the-sun.co.uk





READ SOURCE

Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.