Shetland’s MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat, Beatrice Wishart today asked the First Minister to listen to teachers and ensure the safety measures they request are in place in education settings before schools return.
This follows media reports that an estimated 1 in 5 teachers will be without full vaccination protection when schools return in a fortnight. Research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats found vulnerable teachers contacting the government in high numbers last year, asking for better safety measures.
Ms Wishart challenged the Scottish Government earlier this week to "end the waste" and ensure that thousands of teachers currently on temporary and zero-hours contracts are lined up for permanent teaching roles to help the educational recovery.
After questioning the First Minister Ms Wishart said:
‘I do not want to see a repeat of last year’s return to schools which saw pupils and teachers back in their homes as schools faced outbreaks.
‘Teachers are on the frontline of education and understand how Covid-19 could spread throughout schools.
‘The First Minister should listen to what teachers have to say and the most vulnerable of teachers want increased safety measures.’
Notes to Editors
- Ms Wishart’s question:
Schools will soon return.
But while the vaccine means the virus is now a different beast, it's estimated that 1 in 5 teachers will be without full vaccine protection when they go back in a fortnight.
Our FOI request found vulnerable teachers contacting the government in droves last year, anxious and asking for better safety measures.
What assurance can the First Minister offer that the government will listen to teachers this time round?
2. Ms Wishart’s challenge to the Scottish Government to ‘end the waste’ can be found here.