British children’s committee calls for the end of the school bubble


Bubble arrangements and self-quarantine for school students should end as soon as possible, said the new British Children’s Commission.

Dame Rachel de Souza said the blockade restrictions were “real trauma” for many young people, and there is an urgent need for children to return to normal.

Her call came when the Guardian returned in September following the summer vacation and reported that the minister was preparing to overhaul the British school system.

According to the newspaper, announcements may be made in the coming days to give schools time to prepare, and quarantine requirements are expected to be replaced by a new testing system.

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Cases of COVID-19 confirmed daily in the United Kingdom by June 28, 2021. (Infographic PA Graphics / PA)

Currently, if another student in the bubble is coronavirus positive, the child will need to self-quarantine for 10 days.

As a result, the number of students graduating from school for reasons related to COVID has skyrocketed, and the latest official statistics show that 239,000 children in the UK are absent from class.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Dame Rachel proved that the need for children to get in and out of isolation is a “very big problem” and “very frustrating” for both students and teachers. I said there is.

“If there are bubbles, I think everyone wants it if they can get back to normal as soon as possible. Obviously, we have to be safe and we have to give some advice. But it’s very restrictive, “she said.

“The blockade experience is a real trauma and I don’t think we should underestimate it. Children are really in trouble, and it’s totally correct.”

Dame Rachel said young people who saw the normal childhood turmoil to protect the elderly are now suffering from mental health.

“They have done a huge amount for us. That is, they really have the lowest risk of this, give up 19 weeks of education, have all these anxieties and concerns, and exam. Was canceled. They put a heavy burden on us, “she said.

The commissioner thought that adults were primarily “children are resilient, they would bounce”, but the results of this year’s drastic survey of British students called Big Ask said, “They are these. Telling us that we are worried, and we need to hear from those people. “

According to the Telegraph, a survey of more than 550,000 children conducted by the Children’s Commission found that 20% of respondents had mental health as their number one concern, with 40% of children aged 14 to 17 years old. It has risen.

Former teacher Dame Rachel was a nursery school child and an age that “needs to play, learn, and develop language skills,” but instead “too long.”

Her warning came when Monday’s official figures showed another increase in infection in nearly 23,000 laboratory-confirmed cases. This is the highest daily increase since January 30th.

They came amid continued concerns about the spread of Delta varieties as Portugal, Spain, Malta and Hong Kong announced new restrictions on tourists from the United Kingdom.

Despite the increase, new health minister Sajid Javid said there was “no reason” why the final steps to lift the blockade in the UK could not go as planned.

In a Commons statement, he said the country would need to “learn to live with” the illness because there was no “zero risk” option.

His comments were welcomed by Tory lawmakers who believed they represented a stronger approach to ending restrictions than their predecessor Matt Hancock did.

Hancock resigned over the weekend after admitting that he had broken the rules of social distance after a video of a kissing aide to the Ministry of Health appeared.

Gavin Cordon

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