This is typical Tory: if people refuse to do the damn stupid thing they want, they threaten to take things away from us.
In this case, it seems Oliver Dowden – he’s the Tories’ current unCultured Secretary – wants to take their pay away from teachers if they don’t reopen schools on June 1.
Here‘s the Mirror:
The row over schools is escalating after a top Tory refused to rule out punishing teachers or councils who keep classrooms shut.
Oliver Dowden was grilled repeatedly today on whether teachers, heads or council leaders will be “penalised” for defying advice to open from June 1.
“It’s in the children interests to get them back to school and I hope we can address the concerns they have. Of course there are legitimate concerns and we’re looking to address those.”
Asked if it would be “acceptable to you” for teachers who refuse to go back to receive full pay, Mr Dowden added: “Er, no.”
Schools are being told to halve classes into 15-strong groups that have no contact with the rest of the school to limit infection.
Toys will be removed, break times staggered, corridors made one-way, full assemblies scrapped and pick-up and drop-off times altered.
How can it be in any child’s interest to be put into an environment where they may catch Covid-19 and pass it on to teachers, their friends and their parents – all of whom will pass it on to their respective social circles?
In France, 70 cases sprang up almost immediately after just one-third of that country’s schools were reopened, and 50 schools were closed again – according to the most recent reports This Writer has seen.
And that country was in a better position than the UK, too.
So we have to ask: are the Tories trying to reopen schools because they have children’s best interests at heart? The loss of a term’s work won’t affect them a jot.
Or are the Tories simply trying to force parents back to work – to get the economy ticking over again? If so, don’t they realise that they’ll only kick-start a second wave of Covid-19 deaths?
Or – worse – do the Tories want thousands upon thousands of UK citizens to die? That’s how it looks at the moment!
Source: Top Tory refuses to rule out ‘penalising’ teachers or councils who keep schools shut – Mirror Online
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What an absolutely disgusting way to blackmail teachers who *do* have our children’s best interests as their paramount concern.
The very same teachers who have been keeping schools open for children of NHS staff and other Keyworkers, throughout so they can provide our essential services. As well as children with SEND/very vulnerable that have wanted or needed to be in. Remaining open during Easter break and VE day bank holiday. Without even going near all the remote learning and support the teachers are producing.
Yet because legitimate concerns about risks to children, families, communities, colleagues and simple practicalities and logistics of people, buildings, accessibility (public transport ect), the children’s abilities to cope with and follow the new procedures, govt start demonising them. MSM permitted to brand them as wanting to “stay ofd school doing nothing” and depriving children of their education ect.
Now after a few days of MSM hating on them, govt drops this particularly vile threat.
Sick, purely and simply sick. Typical of this govt really.
Raises the question though…..are they also being used to test the water? If so why? What and who’s next????
When MPs come back to Parliament and disappear without explanation or even a note from teacher will we be allowed to trim down some of their surplus pay rise?
of course thats their game………….all i can say is this..to those who voted this govt in,…shame on you,i hope by now you realise the harm youve done.