Parliamentary bill aims to protect schools from the UK’s pandemic closure

According to Tory officials, MPs need to vote in Congress to approve future school closures following the “disaster” of the Covid-19 blockade.

Halfon has introduced a bill aimed at redefining schools as an “essential infrastructure” to protect millions of students from future closures.

Robert Halfon, chairman of the Commons Board of Education, said the closure of the coronavirus during a pandemic “had a blow to student education and well-being.”

Harlow’s MP added that their “apocalyptic” effects threaten the future of millions of students across the country.

Halfon’s Bill aims to redefine the school and educational environment as an “essential infrastructure” with power plants, hospitals and food retailers to protect millions of students from future shutdowns. increase.

The bill, backed by the British Children’s Commission, introduces a “triple lock” of protection to ensure that the possibility of school closure must be approved by Parliament.

Halfn said of the 10-minute rule bill announced Wednesday:

“These closures have hurt student education and well-being. Their effects are apocalyptic, threatening the future of millions of students and students, and preventing them from climbing the ladder of opportunity. I stopped.

“Even before the pandemic, underprivileged students were already learning behind better peers for 18 months before getting a GCSE.

“Currently, as a result of school closures, these students face widening reach gaps, exacerbating mental health crises, many protection risks, and diminished life opportunities.

“Surprisingly, it is estimated that young people will lose £ 78 billion to £ 154 billion in their lifetime due to school closures.”

Triple Lock will require the government to seek the advice of the Children’s Commission in the best interests of the students, whether a national or regional school closure is necessary.

A debate and vote will then be held in Congress under the proposal to approve the proposed school closure.

If such a closure is approved, the Minister of Education must return to Parliament every three weeks for another vote on the proposed extension.

Ms. Rachel de Souza of the British Children’s Commission said:

“That’s why it’s absolutely right to do everything we can to keep the school open for our children.” Triple Rock “is every step we take to get our children to school. Means that the needs of the children have been taken into account.

“There is no better place for kids to be in the classroom. Last year teachers and schools did great things to help them, but the virtual environment is a real shadow.

“Now we have to do everything we can to get our children to school, and this bill offers the opportunity to do just that.”

Geoff Barton, Secretary-General of the School and University Leaders Association (ASCL), said:

“But this clearly needs to take into account public health advice in future emergencies, and with a commitment from the government and parliament to provide adequate support to the educational setting.”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education (DfE) said:

“Protecting face-to-face learning remains an absolute priority. Thanks to the overwhelming success of the vaccination program, we are now at another stage in responding to a pandemic and the school is closed again. There are no plans to do so. “