Pupils will be spared from wearing masks in class at English schools and colleges in just over two weeks’ time04/29/2021
PUPILS will be spared from wearing masks in class at English schools and colleges in just over two weeks’ time.
Schools minister Nick Gibb revealed the move after MPs raised concerns about face coverings disrupting pupils’ learning and wellbeing.
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Mr Gibb said he has earmarked May 17 for the ending of compulsory masks. But he added: “Of course, it depends on the data and the evidence and the advice that we’re getting from Public Health England.”
Tory MP Caroline Johnson had earlier told the education select committee that masks worsened hay fever and skin conditions.
Labour’s Fleur Anderson said some deaf children were struggling to keep up as not all teachers wore clear masks.
She said: “Deaf pupils are losing out on education.”
Under Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown, face masks could be scrapped by June.
Wearing a face covering is currently mandatory on public transport and in indoor settings such as shops.
The Government said it will complete a review into measures including face masks and the 1m-plus rule before June 21 – when all other restrictions are lifted.
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