Birmingham news Parents could be forced to test children for Covid-19 at home MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - As such, pupils could be tested for the deadly bug at home - instead of schools - as pressure on the government grows to confirm schools will return after the February half term
Breaking News ! The government could ask mums and dads to test their children for schoolchildren at home amid the national coronavirus lockdown. Under the Government's plans to roll out mass testing among pupils, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said it was "not appropriate or right" to ask staff to coronavirus test primary school pupils. As such, pupils could be tested for the deadly bug at home - instead of schools - as pressure on the government grows to confirm schools will return after the February half term. There are reports suggesting schools will remain shut in some "areas of concern" after the February break. Addressing the Education Select Committee, Mr Williamson said: "Testing is a really important part of bringing people back into school. It's an important part of fighting Covid-19 right across the community. "If we're testing a child, in essence we're in a position where we're also testing a household as well.
." The Education Secretary told MPs: "In a primary school setting you'd have to ask the staff to do the tests themselves and I just do not think that is appropriate or right. "What we have been looking at doing is having a system where the tests are carried out by the parents on their child... and that would have to take place in the home." Susan Acland-Hood, permanent secretary at the Department for Education, said: “Getting to the point where parents can administer the tests at home unlocks the ability to do primary testing on a much greater scale in a way that is more straightforward but also more appropriate.”
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