Local Lib Dem campaigners sign letter urging Education Secretary to ‘ramp up’ omicron prevention measures in colleges and schools

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 9 January 2022

TWO Lib Dem campaigners from Hinckley and Bosworth have signed an open letter addressed to the Education Secretary, urging him to ‘ramp up’ measures to help further prevent the spread of the ‘Omicron’ coronavirus in schools and colleges.

Stock photo (Image: Pexels)

Hinckley County and Borough Councillor Michael Mullaney and Barwell Parish Councillor Mathew Hulbert, added their names to the letter, which has been organised by the National Education Union (NEU).

It strongly urges Conservative Minister, Nadhim Zahawi to act – and it has been signed by many councillors and school governors across the country.

Councillors Mullaney and Hulbert are both members of the National Education Union’s national Councillor Network.

The start of the letter states that the NEU are raising ‘significant concerns’ regarding the disruption that the omicron variant is causing for children in education settings.

It continues: “Current Government support and guidance is insufficient to prevent widespread disruption. Much more needs to be done to ensure that schools can remain open and safe for both pupils and staff.

“We must equip parents, children, leaders, teachers and support staff with everything they need to protect face-to-face education in their school or college community as Omicron sweeps through the country.”

It further calls on the Government to ensure that they install more air filtration devices in classrooms, as the 7,000 which are available are ‘just a drop in the ocean’, because there are over 300,000 classrooms in England.

It concludes: “We look forward to hearing from you and working together to keep our children, parents, carers, teachers and support staff safe.”

Coun. Mullaney, said: “Many people locally have recently developed Covid. It’s clear that one of the places which is most greatly contributing to the spread of the Omicron variant are schools and colleges.

“I have signed this letter from the National Education Union calling on the Government to take more action to prevent its spread.

“I hope the government will listen to the concerns of local parents, pupils, teachers and support staff and act urgently.”

Coun. Hulbert, a former school governor, who is on the Executive of the National Lib Dem Education Association (LDEA), said: “As with many of the aspects in response to this pandemic, this Tory administration has been far too slow to act to help prevent the spread of the Omicron variant in education settings.

“I hope that Ministers will now, albeit belatedly, act with a sense of urgency to put in place the measures and necessary funding to ensure our children and young people, parents, teachers, support staff and whole school communities are kept as safe as possible during what remains of this pandemic.”

Leave a Reply