According to union officials, “a huge number” of British school children have refused to wear masks in the classroom under government guidance.
In the latest guidance issued on January 2, the UK Department of Education (DfE) states that UK high school students wear face covers in the classroom to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. I recommended that. Prior to that, masks were already recommended in outdoor common areas and corridors.
It is recommended that junior high school students also take the immunochromatography twice a week.
However, according to the NASUWT Teachers’ Union, there was strong resistance from students to the new policy.
Damian McNulty, the union’s national executive committee member, said BBC Thursday: “Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours, there have been reports of many children refusing to take the immunochromatography test or wear masks at at least six junior high schools in northwestern England.”
“There is one school in Lancashire, and only 67 out of 1,300 children are ready to wear immunochromatography and masks,” he said.
McNulty said this is likely to be the case in other parts of the country.
He called it a “public health emergency” and said schools should work with parents and students to promote acceptance.
A DfE spokeswoman BBC: “Schools know students best and can determine the best way to encourage them to wear a face cover and have a COVID test.”
“No one should be denied education because they are covering or not wearing their face,” she said.
Despite recommending wearing masks at school, the government admitted on January 5 that evidence of the effectiveness of face covers in reducing COVID-19 infections in educational settings is “not conclusive.”
A DfE evidence review found that the study provided “various results” in practice and that wearing a mask had a negative impact on learning.
According to a DfE survey conducted in March 2021, 80% of students reported that wearing a face cover made communication difficult, and 55% felt that learning was difficult.
In response to the DfE review, Sara LuisA professor of molecular epidemiology at the University of Bristol said the studies outlined in the review did not provide justification for recommending masks in schools.
“The negative effects of wearing masks on school communication and learning are outlined in the report, and wearing masks has a particularly detrimental effect on hearing-impaired people who are excluded from class discussions,” she said. rice field.
“If there is insufficient evidence of policy benefit and harm, default should not intervene.”
PA Media contributed to this report.