Trade union calls for masks in schools
Public sector trade union UNISON North West is calling for schools in the North West of England to strongly recommend that secondary school pupils wear face coverings, in order to tackle the worrying rise in Covid cases in the region.
Many areas have seen an increase in cases among younger people, with the majority of cases in Greater Manchester being amongst 16-29 year olds.
UNISON recently surveyed its members, who work as support staff within secondary schools in the North West.
More than half indicated that their school is not encouraging pupils to wear face coverings in classrooms and communal areas, after the government removed the national requirement for secondary school staff and pupils to do so.
UNISON North West regional organiser Keith Bradley said: “It is completely nonsensical for the Government to scrap face coverings for pupils in secondary schools.”