In the Welsh Parliament yesterday, James Evans MS used his question to ask Education Minister Jeremy Miles about the importance of face-to-face learning, particularly regarding recent speculation about Powys Council’s policy on the matter.
Evans said “face-to-face learning is absolutely the best thing for our children in terms of their development, their education and their overall well-being. Our children have had far too long out of the classroom due to the pandemic”. He then asked the Minister “will you stress the need with Powys County Council and the Liberal Democrats there that face-to-face education is the best thing for our children and that they should ditch this idea from their books?”
Jeremy Miles responded, “my officials wrote to the Council at the time that this speculation arose in the press to clarify the importance that we all attach to making sure that face-to-face learning is what we are prioritising throughout, and we have the assurance that that is also what Powys County Council intends.”
“I am glad the Minister agreed with me on the importance of face-to-face learning, and that his officials wrote to Powys Council with the same message.
“It is essential that our children are in schools, especially after COVID restrictions where children in Wales missed more days of school than any other part of the UK.
“Making children go back to online learning should never have been suggested, and I hope the idea is now quashed.”