According to the BBC on December 22, at present, the mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom will also have a great impact on whether the plan to reopen as scheduled early next year (next semester).
Can English students return to school from January 4th? Will the plan for some secondary schools to start staggered peaks on January 11 remain unchanged? There will be a lot of uncertainty in these plans.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that all that all you need to do now is to continue to wait and see the extent of the epidemic. He also stressed that the government will constantly observe the development of the epidemic.
According to the official statement of the British Department of Education, the existing school opening plan and New Year’s timetable remain unchanged, and keeping schools open normally remains “the top priority”.
It should be noted that the mutant coronavirus and the pre-Christmas bans have made the British people feel very confused and disappointed.
For teachers and staff who plan to return to school in less than two weeks, they are more stressed.
Geoff Barton, the leader of the British Chancellor’s Union, said that in the current “fast-moving and volatile situation”, the government must not stick to the original plan and must make policy adjustments at any time to prevent emergencies.
However, if the new mutant COVID-19 is more likely to spread among young people, does that mean that measures should be taken against them? Or should we postpone the start of the next semester?
It is reported that at present, the opening plan stipulates that students in the primary and secondary school graduation grades will be postponed to return to school on January 4, and that secondary school students in other grades will return to campus on January 11. However, the current COVID-19 mutation may cause the school schedule to be adjusted.
If family travel parties are also at risk during the Christmas holiday, is it feasible to keep a large number of students and teachers in school? Also, if the mutant COVID-19 spreads rapidly among young people, is it defaulting to schools will be closed and many students have to be sent home?
The National Education Union, the UK’s largest union of teachers, called for online classes to be changed to the first two weeks of the start of the next semester to ensure that all students return to class after being tested for COVID-19.
The implementation of any measure will bring a corresponding response. Similarly, students’ inability to enter school will have corresponding consequences.
In ordinary worker families, parents are worried and worried about finding childcare services, especially the need to find the corresponding services in a short time. And they may not be “happy” that their children are educated at home again.
A series of problems ensue, such as the backwardness of students’ academic performance and concerns about children’s welfare. The UK’s Education Standards Agency has pointed out the problems left over after the first “lockdown.”
More notably, not only do students experience falling back on academic performance, but there are even warnings that young children will lose “basic skills”, such as forgetting how to use knives and forks. In addition, many families do not have software and hardware facilities such as computers for online learning, which also leads to the further widening of the “digital divide”.
Of course, if teaching is also affected, there will be a constant debate about how to conduct the test in a fair way in the summer.
At present, can the government provide timely evidence about the mutant COVID-19 and make an informed decision on whether to reopen schools? In uncertainty, what impact will the ministers’ New Year’s resolutions have on the school? These questions are still to be answered.