Zahawi To Vet Masks In Classroom After Schools Ignore End Of Rules
The Independent|January 21, 2022
Schools that want to keep face mask requirements in classrooms after rules were scrapped in England this week will have to be personally approved by the education secretary.

Nadhim Zahawi told regional health chiefs that they would need to consult him on any plans to go against new national guidance that masks are no longer necessary in schools.

Dozens of headteachers around the country have told parents that their schools will continue to ask pupils to wear masks in class and in communal areas despite the national mandate being lifted on Thursday.

Schools North East (SNE), an education network in northeast England, said 80 per cent of schools in the region intended to keep some measures in place, including masks in classrooms and communal areas.

Chris Zarraga, director of SNE, said: “There are serious concerns for schools, with local pictures often radically different from the national picture.”

Andy Byers, head of a secondary school in Durham, encouraged his students to keep wearing masks in the coming weeks.

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