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Over 100,000 children withdrawn from school last week after testing positive for Covid-19

MORE than 100,000 children were withdrawn from school in England last week after testing positive for Covid-19, according to government figures.

The NEU accused the government of not doing enough to prevent the spread of the virus in schools since they reopened in September.

NEU general secretary Kevin Courtney said: “The rise in Covid-19 cases in schools in England is extremely worrying. 

“Over 100,000 pupils were absent last week with a confirmed case, two-thirds of them in secondary schools.

“As the weather turns and it becomes harder to leave classroom windows open, the government’s continued failure to improve ventilation in schools leaves staff and pupils needlessly exposed to higher risks of illness and further disruption to education.

“In Scotland, by comparison, infection rates and absences among children have fallen for three weeks.

“Almost a quarter of 12 to 15-year-olds are now vaccinated in Scotland, compared to just one in 14 in England.”

Mr Courtney called on the government to follow Scotland’s lead by encouraging use of face masks and testing of pupils for Covid-19 before allowing them into schools.

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