Harlow MP Robert Halfon slams plans not to re-open primary schools

Education: Secondary / Tue 9th Jun 2020 at 09:05am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has expressed his disappointment at the news that plans have been dropped for all pupils to return to primary schools.

Mr Halfon, who is also chair of the education committee was speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC1.

Mr Halfon said: “It is a strange country when we are opening pubs and garden centres and yet we say that our schools can’t open until September.

We are ignoring the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO), our Chief Medical Officer says it is safe to open schools and this was confirmed to me by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

“There could be an epidemic of educational poverty, a digital device and a safeguarding crisis where young children possibly exposed to on-line harms and over 700,000 schoolchildren not doing any work at all.

“Their life chances are possibly being hugely damaged.

He was asked: “What happened to your government doing things based on science?

Mr Halfon replied: “I suspect it may be pressure from some local authorities and some trades unions.

“Just because some schools can’t re-open, opes not mean all schools cannot re-open.

“The government needs to set out a road map which will include how pupils are going to catch up.

“Proper on-line support, opening summer schools and a proper catch up on education.

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1 Comment for Harlow MP Robert Halfon slams plans not to re-open primary schools:

2020-06-09 17:11:43

Mr Halfon. Your colleague Gavin Williamson promised that your government would be providing laptops to 700000 vunerable pupils. Since you are still quoting that figure , am I to assume that none have actually been supplied ? If not, exactly how many have been ?

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