The schools could not open until the summer, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated.
And at the press conference on Downing Street last night (Tuesday January 5th), he couldn’t guarantee they would open before the summer break.
However, he insisted that schools come first to open after the lockdown.
Approval comes after a new variant of the virus spreads across the country.
What did Mr. Johnson say about opening the schools?
All Mr Johnson could say is that he “hopes” the school will reopen over the summer break.
With the vaccination program now running nationwide, parents hoped schools would open sooner rather than later.
However, Mr Johnson said last night, “Can we be absolutely certain that schools can reopen …
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“We believe there is a lot we can do with the vaccination program to get the most vulnerable out of the way of this virus. This offers the opportunity to do things differently. “
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson told the House of Commons on Wednesday that the schools “will be the very first to reopen”.
He added, “That moment could come after the February half-year – although we should be extremely cautious about the upcoming schedule.”
Why are schools closed?
Mr Johnson has closed schools and universities for the first seven weeks because more and more people are suffering from the disease.
The NHS is also under pressure to deal with this.
GSCE and A-level exams have already been canceled.
Although Mr Johnson has said that it is “imperative for any society” to keep schools open, he also said he had no choice but to close them.
Downplayed vaccination claims
Mr Johnson is inducted after doubts about the government’s vaccination program grew.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock appeared to be downplaying the Prime Minister’s plan to vaccinate 13 million British at risk by mid-February.
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According to the Daily Mail, Mr Hancock reportedly spoke to the prime minister about Zoom.
During that conversation, it is alleged that he expressed doubts as to whether the vaccinations could be given on time.
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