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26th January 2021, 20:24

​Gibraltar Parents for Education says schools should be the last to close and the first to open

Gibraltar Parents for Education has restated that in the context of the pandemic, schools should be the last to close and the first to open. It supports the Government’s intention to open schools on the 1 February, following a three week closure. The group believes that any further delay to reopening, even in the context of the imminent midterm, would be unnecessarily damaging for children and their families.

Remote learning, it says, must be a measure of absolute last resort.

GPFE does not agree with the statements that it is not safe for teachers to return to the classroom until sometime after a second dose of vaccine.

It says the responsibility and exclusive remit of the Government, in consultation with Public Health, is to make those decisions which impact on this community in a wide and significant manner in the interests and wellbeing of the wider community.