England delays reopening of schools as Covid cases surge

A woman walks past a social distancing health message outside of a secondary school in London on Wednesday.
A woman walks past a social distancing health message outside of a secondary school in London on Wednesday.

London - Pupils in exam years will return from Jan 11 and secondary and college students will return on January 18



By Reuters

Published: Wed 30 Dec 2020, 9:25 PM

Secondary school children in England will return to the classroom later than planned to enable the roll out of mass Covid-19 testing, Education Minister Gavin Williamson said on Wednesday.

Pupils in exam years will return from Jan 11 and all secondary and college students will return full time on January 18.

“This will break those chains of transmission that are making infection rates shoot up, this in turn will make it safer for more children to physically return to school,” he told lawmakers.

Some primary school children in the worst hit areas will also not return as planned after Christmas, he said.


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