Speaking about the Minister’s announcement on mitigations in schools, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“NEU Cymru members will be pleased to hear that the Minister has taken the sensible step of keeping face coverings in place for secondary school children, in line with everyone still wearing them in busy places in Wales.

“We know it has been a challenging time for everyone in education, but keeping staff and students safe with minimal disruption must be the priority. Ventilation is absolutely critical – and with cold weather it is vitally important that schools have as much support as possible from local authorities to ensure they have access to any maintenance support or air filtration they need.

“The announcement on exams will not necessarily bring comfort to those young people who have missed time inside the classroom. We remain concerned about absence levels, especially in Year 11. The Minister has a difficult decision on exams, but providing as much certainty as possible to staff and students alike will be welcome.”

Press contacts:

Contact: David Evans – Wales Secretary - National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Mob: 07815 071164.

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk

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