Schools reopen in UK, Belgium, Greece

Madrid, Jun 1 (efe-epa).- Schools in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Greece reopened on Monday as many European countries continued to ease lockdown measures.


Some schools in the UK reopened on Monday although many have remained closed amid fears it was too soon to send children back.

The government ordered that children between the ages of four and seven and those in the last year of primary school should return to school.

Authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have kept their classrooms closed.

Teaching unions have accused the government of “making it up as it goes along” and the National Education Union has urged ministers to revise the plans.

Since the British government ordered the closure of schools in late March, only students with special needs or children of key workers, such as doctors or nurses, have been attending classes.

Authorities said it is essential for education centers to have adequate social distancing measures, such as keeping the number of students per class under 16.

A survey carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research published Monday revealed 46 percent of parents have said their children will not be attending school.

From 15 June, secondary school students preparing to take their GCSEs and A-Levels will be also be allowed to attend support classes.

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