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In response to the First Minister Mark Drakeford’s suggestion that schools may partially reopen at the beginning of June, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:

“We are concerned that speculation about when schools might reopen in Wales is causing uncertainty and deep anxiety for children, their parents and teachers.

“The Welsh Government has to remain clear that the current restrictions on schools must continue to be driven by the scientific evidence.

“Any reopening of schools, either partially or fully, must ensure the health and safety of children, young people and those working in schools.”

Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official for Wales, said:

"There seems to be a disconnect between the First Minister and the Education Minister.

“We have been reassured by the Education Minister’s five guiding principles, which will determine how and when schools will return to providing education for most pupils.

“It seems as though the First Minister hasn't even read them."

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