Newry MLA urges Minister to bring forward plan for school reopening

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Friday, July 31st, 2020

SDLP Public Health Spokesperson, Newry MLA Justin McNulty has urged Minister for Education, Peter Weir, to bring forward a plan for schools reopening.


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The Newry and Armagh MLA told Newry Times, “I was glad to have the opportunity to engage with Minister Weir and congratulate him on his Expert Panel initiative to tackle education under-attainment.



“I asked the Minister to consider the impact of COVID-19 on children and students from areas of disadvantage, who have struggled to access online learning.

“In his reply to me, the Minister committed to supporting initiatives that put all children on an equal footing and this is very welcome,” he continued.



“I also urged the Minister to bring forward a plan for the safe reopening of schools, noting the huge levels of anxiety that exist across the North.

“Many parents, pupils and teachers are deeply concerned about the reopening of schools on a full-time basis in September.



“So far engagement has been lacking and it must be scaled up,” he insisted.

“We recognise the difficult position that the Minister is in, but he must do all he can to reassure those with legitimate concerns.


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The local MLA added, “It is vital that the Minister steps up engagement and provides this information and so pupils, parents and teachers know they can return to school safely.”

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