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The NASUWT - The Teachers’ Union is urging the First Minister to put the protection of students and teachers at the heart of the Scottish Government’s response to rising transmission and the emerging Omicron variant.

NASUWT General Secretary, Dr Patrick Roach, said: 

“Whilst the First Minister pledged that she would do ‘whatever it takes’ to keep schools open’, teachers are asking the First Minister to do much more to protect them and their students against a potential ‘tsunami’ of new Covid cases. 

“Teachers deserve the reassurance that all possible mitigations are in place now and for the start of next term to protect them against the severe threat of Covid-19 arising from the new Omicron variant. 

“School staff are key workers who have stepped up throughout the pandemic. The First Minister’s forthcoming Covid-19 Statement to the Scottish Parliament is a prime opportunity to demonstrate that the Scottish Government is stepping up protections within schools to keep teachers, students, and the wider community safe.”

Mike Corbett, NASUWT Scotland National Official, said:

“Teachers across Scotland will be watching the First Minister closely during her upcoming Covid-19 Statement to Parliament to determine if her promise to minimise the disruption to children’s education is matched by action. 

“Disruption to education cannot be prevented without preventing transmission in education settings. That is why protections of school staff and students must be increased to keep schools safe.”



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