Massive majority of teachers responding to NEU survey rejected Johnson’s madness
Within one hour of Boris Johnson’s announcement of his revised coronavirus measures last night, which include a plan to re-open schools starting from 1 June and completed by the middle of the month, 49,000 members of the National Education Union (NEU) responded to a survey about the Johnson’s plan.
And they responded with a massive ‘NO!’
85% of respondents said they disagreed with Boris Johnson’s plans to restart lessons for reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June.
93% said they would not feel safe with the proposed wider opening of schools.
Of those with school age children, 90% said they felt it would be unsafe or very unsafe to send their children back to school.
Of those working from home because they have a pre-existing medical condition or are expecting a baby, 96% said they felt unsafe or very unsafe returning to work. And 96% of those with a family member living with them who has a pre-existing medical condition or are pregnant thought it would be unsafe or very unsafe for them to return.
92% said the government must meet the NEU’s five tests before schools can re-open.
The union’s joint general secretary Mary Bousted said:
The government must work with the unions to establish a position which gains the confidence of staff in schools. Tonight’s announcement – so out of step with Scotland and Wales and with its confusion about social distancing – has resulted in 93 per cent of NEU members saying they feel unsafe.
The Prime Minister describes this as a ”first sketch” of a roadmap but our members think this sketch must urgently be re-drawn.
The incoherence in this plan has generated genuine fear. For school leaders, the lack of clarity about what is expected before, or on 1 June, is simply unacceptable.
The dangers of Johnson’s push for a return to school are exposed by a newly-published study of an outbreak in a French school that showed 40% of the school’s population became infected in just a few weeks, along with a significant number of parents and siblings. Watch a leading virologist’s emphatic conclusion:
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.