Speaking following the statement on schools reopening, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said: “Today’s statement shows just how woefully underprepared the Government are to ensure every young person can return to school in September.
“Despite the very real risk of further local outbreaks of Covid 19, the Education Secretary refused to give any commitment that children will get the equipment they need to learn from home. Without them, too many will have no chance of catching up on their education and will continue to fall behind.
“Every day disadvantaged children go without the laptops they need is another day the digital divide gets worse. This is a complete dereliction of duty by the Education Secretary and he must take immediate steps to address it.”