Member of the Welsh Parliament for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay has given a cautious welcome to an announcement by the Welsh Government that schools in Wales will remain closed until 18th January at the earliest.
Mr Ramsay has been contacted by a number of teachers and parents worried about the consequences of the reopening of schools.
The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams has said that she anticipates education of pupils to continue at home over the next few weeks through remote learning.
Speaking today Mr Ramsay said:
“The decision to close schools in Wales may have been short notice but it was not unexpected given the ongoing increase in case of Covid-19 across Wales and the decision to close schools across the border in England.
“I’ve been contacted by a number of teachers and parents over the last few weeks anxious about the reopening of schools and the potential effect on the spread of the new variant of Covid-19.
“The Minister has said that she expects the classroom setting and face-to-face contact to be substituted for remote learning over the coming weeks. This is fine in principle but I’m concerned about Monmouthshire pupils who may not have access to adequate IT equipment and who may live in rural areas with poor Broadband connections.
“I am calling on the Welsh Government to keep this situation under close review with a view to reopening schools as soon as is safely possible. In the meantime, there must be a level playing field for all our young people with pupils and parents given sufficient support as they adjust to education in the home setting.”