The comments made by Bridget Phillipson, the Shadow Education Secretary, on 5 January 2022.
Vaccination, ventilation and testing are key to ensuring children and staff can continue to learn together in school, but Ministers are again falling short with a lack of tests, only half of eligible children vaccinated and just a fraction of the ventilation systems our schools need.
Labour called for decisive action to be taken over the Christmas break to get these problems solved but the government has again failed to get ahead of the virus.
We’ve got a new Education Secretary, a new team of government ministers, but our children are still being treated as an afterthought with chaotic, last-minute announcements hampering their education. It is incompetent, complacent, and inadequate.