Mackle welcomes Assembly support for motion calling for school safety

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Saturday 15 January 2022 7:00

Sinn Féin Council Group Leader on ABC Council, Liam Mackle, has welcomed the Assembly's support for his party's motion calling on the Education inister to produce a plan to keep pupils, teachers and other staff safe in our schools.

Cllr Mackle said, "This week the Assembly was recalled to give pupils, parents and school staff a voice and to challenge the DUP education minister on the lack of a clear plan for a safe return to school.

"A lack of clear guidance and adequate safety mitigations, a soft-touch contact tracing policy and shortage in substitute teachers has put many schools in difficult positions, forcing some to partially close.

"Minister McIlveen was challenged to produce a plan which puts HEPA filters in all classrooms, alongside a contact tracing policy that teachers and families can have confidence in.

"We also need to see the redeployment of qualified teachers who are currently working outside the classroom sped up to address teacher shortages.

"The education minister must act now to support the safe re-opening of our schools."

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