Speaking after the Education Minister’s statement about schools staying open, David Evans, Wales secretary for the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“The health of everyone in schools and colleges is critical.

“The Education Minister’s statement last night showed us that the Welsh Government really does value the work education professionals are doing at this important time.

“We’re glad that the Welsh Government plan to work with us as a union. We’ve been putting forward our members’ concerns and will continue to do so.

Included within that is the ask that education professionals be tested for the virus. We know that NHS staff have been prioritised now, and that is welcome. But education professionals will need to be tested too - to ensure that they, and the children of the other key workers, are protected.

“We know Welsh Government will need to prioritise funding. The UK Government has put forward some money already. But as the weeks go on, we are sure that Welsh Government will need more in the way of funds, to ensure that they can keep everyone safe in education.”

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