MY TAKE: The controversy on reopening schools

Teachers have voiced many concerns following the government’s decision to reopen schools in June, and doctors have backed teachers’ unions by saying Covid -19 infection rates are too high.  The British Medical Association said, with much “conflicting” evidence on opening schools it was “completely aligned” with teachers’ unions call to delay reopening. 

Meanwhile, the children’s commissioner for England says that government and unions should, “stop squabbling and agree a plan” to reopen schools safely, reports ITV News.

Parents are just as concerned, as there are no guarantees that social distancing can be achieved although measures are to be put in place when schools reopen.

I spoke to Mrs Khan from Birmingham, mother of a reception class child.  She said, with a concerned look, “Yasir is only 4 years old, he is not mature enough to fully understand the risks and dangers of coronavirus, even with the social distancing measures his school will be applying, I can’t see how he will not be under threat!”

Meanwhile, father of year 6 pupil from Birmingham, Mr Feeney, says, “I don’t see the point for year 6 students to be prioritised! They don’t have exams! They have learnt all they need and are ready to start secondary school in September!  Why risk harming them!”     
by Hashim Khan, Junior Journalist with the Atfal Trainee Scheme
23rd May 2020