A chart published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has exposed the dishonesty of Tory claims that their determination to keep schools open, in spite of clear scientific advice that they are fuelling the coronations second wave.
Evidence has linked schools to almost ten times the number of outbreaks connected to hospitality, which the Tories have closed for the new England-wide lockdown and the government’s own SAGE scientists admitted months ago that opening schools would push up the ‘R’ rate.
Yet the Tories continue to claim they are keeping schools open for the sake of children’s education, in spite of the known higher risk among older chdren.
However, even a glance at the real-terms school funding curve since the Tories came to power in 2010 exposes that claim for what it is:
Sixth-form colleges, the IFS notes, have seen a 23% real-terms cut per pupil in that period, with stand-alone sixth-form colleges have lost 12%.
Tories don’t give a fig for the education of our kids – but they’re perfectly willing to pretend for a while if it serves their purposes.
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