With UK schools closed to all but key worker children and vulnerable youth during the lockdown, parents across the country appear to be at the breaking point.
Some get so sick of it after their first week of homeschooling that they take desperate measures to keep their children in school.
And that includes lying about their status as key workers so that their children can still go to school.
Parents lie to keep children in school
One school in Liverpool said it was “overwhelmed” with requests for important jobs. They were inundated after Boris Johnson announced the third lockdown last weekend.
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Our Lady Bishop Eton School then received “a large number of complaints” from other home-schooled parents.
It supposedly happened when parents joined an online class and could see the kids who were in the classroom.
The school said it had requested as much information as possible for the key employee forms. It also consulted the local authority.
However, it appears that some have slipped through the web.
British schools “can no longer”
The school said, “There is nothing more we can do. Especially when parents who make such allegations fail to provide the school with the information it needs to investigate further. “
A woman in Scotland also complained to Mumsnet that her friend lied to get her child into kindergarten.
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She wrote, “So my girlfriend and her husband work, but they are not key workers.
“Here in Scotland kindergartens and schools are closed after Christmas unless key workers.
“She says she was told she could still send a child to kindergarten, so kindergarten lies to her and claims she is a key worker in getting a place.”
Who are key workers?
The group that makes up the nation’s most important workers is huge.
Health care workers such as doctors and nurses, as well as NHS workers, are on the list. As are people who work for charities that are vital to supporting the community.
Supermarket employees are also on the list. So are teachers, journalists, pharmacists, the police and those who keep the country’s transport network running.
Thousands of jobs in the Department of Defense are covered as well as professions including, but not limited to, agriculture, garbage disposal and funeral directors.
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