‘Hapless Gavin Williamson has finally woken up to chaos in England’s schools’

‘Gavin Williamson has finally woken up to chaos in England’s schools’ (Image: JPI Media / SWNS.COM)

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Hapless Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has finally woken up to the chaos taking place in England’s schools.

The bubble system will be scrapped so the whole class will not be sent home to self-isolate if one pupil tests positive for Covid.

While this change is welcome, it is effectively meaningless given it is expected to come into force just days before schools break up.

Nor does it help that Mr Williamson has failed to give parents and teachers sufficient time to prepare for the new arrangements.

The Education Secretary appears incapable of learning from his mistakes.

In the past week, an estimated one in 20 pupils have had their schooling disrupted because of Covid.

This is on top of lost learning earlier in the outbreak.

Pupils in social distancing mode at Rosshall Academy in Glasgow
(Image: Getty Images)

This makes the Government’s failure to properly fund an education catch-up plan all the more scandalous.

The PM said education is his main priority as the country came out of Covid.

If this were true he would not keep Mr Williamson in post and he would have ensured no child was left behind due to the pandemic.

Tone deaf, PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson
(Image: REUTERS)

Boris Johnson should not be allowed to forget he initially stood by Matt Hancock.

The Prime Minister’s claim that he sacked the former Health Secretary is a cynical attempt to rewrite history.

He also appears blind to the anger caused by Hancock’s double standards. At PMQs, Keir Starmer raised the case of a family who had been unable to visit their dying son because they were abiding by the Covid rules.

A tone deaf Mr Johnson dismissed the row as a “Westminster bubble story”. He either has no understanding of the suffering the virus has caused or, worse, he simply doesn’t care.

Family’s pain

A statue of Princess Diana will be unveiled on what would have been her 60th birthday
(Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Thursday will be a poignant occasion for Princess Diana’s family.

It will be a time to reflect on how much she could have achieved but also to recall how she touched so many lives during her short life.

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