19 March 2020

School closure – wise decision, says UCAC

UCAC education union has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Education that the Easter holidays will be brought forward for schools in Wales, closing on Friday 20 March at the latest.

Dilwyn Roberts-Young, UCAC General Secretary said “School staff have shown over recent days and weeks that they are willing to be on the front line in the effort to contain the outbreak of Covid-19.

“UCAC welcomes the Minister for Education’s announcement today which ensures consistency across Wales, and which commits to looking at how best to support and safeguard the most vulnerable of our learners.

“UCAC will continue its daily meetings with Welsh Government officials and will be urging action on two fronts as a matter of urgency.

“First is the need for an announcement about external exams. The current uncertainty is causing extreme anxiety to learners and staff. We need clarity as soon as possible.

“The second is the need for a set of guidelines about what school staff can be expected to do during this period, including how schools should take into account staff who are ill or have caring responsibilities.

“UCAC will continue to provide advice and support to our members during this extremely difficult period.”

Notes

  • UCAC is Wales’s own education union. It represents teachers, headteachers and lecturers in all education sectors across Wales

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