The BBC’s Nicholas Watt stated on Newsnight that a Cabinet Minister had told him “we would be lucky if schools make it to the Easter holiday”. The Newsnight Political Editor also said that the coronavirus outbreak in Britain has “raised questions” on whether GCSEs and A-levels will be completed in the summer. There are currently over 1900 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK.
Mr Watt said: “I spoke to one member of the Shadow Cabinet that said the Government has to go a lot further in helping the less well-off and vulnerable if they want Labour support for the emergency legislation on coronavirus.
“Obviously, the Government can get legislation through but if they want it to go through quickly it would be very helpful if Labour supports them.
“On another matter, there is a strong expectation amongst ministers that schools are going to be closing rather sooner than people expected.
“One Cabinet Minister told me that we would be lucky if schools make it to the Easter holiday.
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“There is a feeling in Government that if that happens that will raise questions on whether GCSEs and A-levels can go ahead this summer.
“It is important to say that no decisions have been made yet about closing schools or delaying exams.”
Yesterday the Liberal Democrats’ education spokesperson told Sky News school closures are an “inevitability” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Layla Moran warned of the “consequences” of closing schools such as disruption to students preparing to take exams and the impact on those who rely on free school meals.