Teachers warn pupils will BULLY each other for their choice of face mask, be less hygienic & cause classroom chaos
FURIOUS teachers warned today that making kids wear masks at school will cause bullying and distract from their vital learning.
Last night the Government changed tack again on face masks, telling schools in lockdown areas that older kids would have to wear them in corridors and other communal areas to stop the spread of the bug.
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But for now they won’t have to wear them inside the classrooms unless individual schools order them too.
However, Tory MPs and heads are in uproar over the plans – saying it will ruin discipline and cause chaos in schools.
Katharine Birbalsingh, founder of Michaela community school in Brent North London, said it would lead to mayhem.
She told Radio 4’s Today: “Children in groups behave very differently.
“The idea that these children will be wearing masks perfectly and not bullying each other… we need to consider that when considering if it will make a difference to pupils’ safety.”
And she added: “They will be wearing reused dirty masks, they will swap them, ping them, they will lick and spit on each other’s masks for a joke.
“They will wear them incorrectly, they will lose them.
“The girls will be in the loos, checking their masks, making sure they look nice. They will be touching their faces all the more – I would argue they make them less safe.”
She tweeted that ‘[Pupils] will be… bullying each other over choice of mask” too.
Teachers will be unable to see who is making snide comments and being silly, and disorder will become rife in classrooms again.
And that could have a knock-on effect on their education, she argued.
It came as:
- Gavin WIlliamson was slammed by the BBC’s Dan Walker for trying to run down the time on air so he could avoid a difficult grilling over the u-turn
- The Education Secretary stressed he “never” wanted to shut down schools again nationwide
- MPs lashed out as the Government u-turned for the second time in just a week
- Boris Johnson is due to do a live Q&A online with the public later to reassure fears about kids returning to school in England in the coming days
After months at home most pupils in England will return to school next week.
Schools in Scotland and Northern Ireland have already returned.
The latest screeching u-turn for the Government came just 24 hours after No10 stressed there would be no change in position based on new evidence from the World Health Organisation.
They’ve said that over 12s should cover up if they can’t stay apart from others – as there’s evidence older children can spread the virus in similar ways to adults.
But Scotland piled on pressure by saying it would ask kids to wear masks in corridors at secondary schools from next Monday.
Heads broke with Government advice to say they would ask their pupils to wear them too – some of them inside classrooms too.
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