Covid tests secured for every school to reopen safely Education Secretary confirms

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi. Picture by Tim Hammond / No 10 Downing Street.

Schools across the country will have enough Covid tests to ensure they can reopen safely at the start of the spring term this coming week says Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi.

Secondary schools in England are being asked to test all pupils and staff, starting on the first day of term to ensure that classes can start safely.

It is reported over 45.6 million test kits will have been delivered to British schools by 14th January.

Mr Zahawi said on Friday:

“Being in the classroom is undoubtedly the very best place for children and I’m looking forward to welcoming pupils back next week to continue their face-to-face learning, which is so important for their education and wellbeing.

“All secondary schools have been asked to provide on-site testing for pupils when they return, as it is key to helping us protect young people and education.

“Most test kits have already been received for the start of the new term and we have arrangements in place to make sure every school has the testing it needs.”

A Government source added:

“Nadhim anticipated this pre Christmas, which is why we are in a good place.”

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