Johnson insists on reopening UK schools in September
London, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina)Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, reiterated today his decision to reopen schools in September, despite the fact some scientists believe that return to classes could increase the spread of Covid-19.
The education of our children is essential for their well-being, their health and their future, and that is why the national priority is to have all students back in school in September, said Johnson in an article of his own published in the Sunday edition of The Mail.
According to the British Conservative ruler, keeping students out of the education system any longer is 'socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and morally indefensible.'
The pandemic is not over, and we cannot afford to be complacent, but now that we have enough knowledge to reopen schools safely, we have a moral duty to do so, he stressed.
To strengthen his opinion in favor of restarting the school year, Johnson mentioned, for example, that scientists now know better how the new coronavirus is transmitted and the measures to control its spread.
He also noted that recent studies show that children are at lower risk for Covid-19 than adults.
The National Education Union warned, however, that teachers and professors will oppose reopening schools in September, if there is a perception of danger of contracting the virus.
The union issued the warning last week, shortly after a scientific study warned that restarting the school year without an effective testing and contact tracing system could unleash a second wave of the pandemic twice as large as the first.
The United Kingdom accumulates so far 309 thousand 763 positive cases to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covod-19, and a total of 46 thousand 566 deaths, a figure that makes it the fourth country in the world most affected by the pathogen, after the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
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