Schools facing “tidal wave” of around 100,000 teacher absences

Responding to the news that over 300,000 children are off school alongside around 100,000 teachers and teaching assistants, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education, Munira Wilson MP, said: “The Education Secretary is standing idly by as schools are facing a tidal wave of teacher absences. His failure to prepare has led to a slow-motion car crash as Covid mixes with the return to schools.

Munira Wilson

“The Government’s catch-up plans are a drop in the ocean, their ex-teacher recruitment campaign is nowhere to be seen, and it is unforgivable that ministers failed to equip classrooms with the air purifiers they need.

“The Conservatives have failed to get a grip of Omicron in the education system and now we are seeing it wreak havoc.”

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