No open schools to give relief to British parents… but PM Johnson says he is ‘in awe’ of them
The Johnson government this week disappointed those who eagerly expect schools in the UK to open again. It will not be possible due to the “perilous” Covid-19 situation, the prime minister said, so remote teaching is to continue for weeks longer. In England, students may be welcomed back no sooner than March 8, though Wales may have a reopening somewhat sooner.Also on rt.com UK PM Johnson confirms delayed school reopening in England, says Covid situation too ‘perilous’ to ease restrictions
In an apparent bid to balance the bad news, on Saturday Johnson penned an open letter to express how he was “in awe” of British parents, carers and guardians of children, who “have risen to the unique challenges” of the epidemic.
I want to say a huge thank you to the parents, carers and guardians of children. Millions of you have coped with the pressures of home schooling and childcare while also doing your day jobs. And by staying at home you are, quite literally, saving lives. pic.twitter.com/m6NSyAPITl— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 30, 2021
“You have been dealt the trickiest of hands yet played it magnificently,” he wrote. “It is especially true of the way millions of you have coped with the pressures of home schooling while also doing your daily jobs.”
You are paving the way back to normalcy and you are, quite literally, saving lives.
Johnson touted his government’s effort to help the needy families by providing free meals and laptops for online education and pledged to invest “hundreds of millions of pounds” into catch-up programs.
Judging by the initial response online, as a PR exercise the letter was not very convincing. While a few ‘thank you’ comments did pop up, an overwhelming majority was seething with anger and frustration. People accused the government of shambling incompetence and demanded that schools be opened.
I do not want your thanks, I want my child back at school. We are not saving lives, the prevailing cause of death in our area is SUICIDE (source McTigue Funeral Directors, Castleford , West Yorkshire)— Katerina Nelson (@ekatnelson) January 30, 2021
Your token thanks doesn’t stop me crying in the toilet every day because working full time and homeschooling in the same room all day every bloody day has me at breaking point mate.— Kimberly Golding (@MissGingerUK) January 30, 2021
Families still without laptops tablets/internet access for home schooling & have been for many months instead of 'ramping up' the supply Johnson writes to parents he is 'in awe' of their efforts to home school & thanks them just give them the fucking equipment Prime Minister— Barbara (@BarbaraSutton15) January 30, 2021
Some even suspected that Johnson played copycat to Sarah White, a teacher, whose similarly-themed letter to parents went viral and was widely appreciated.
A few people went after Johnson personally, pointing out that he is hardly a paragon of family stability and parenting skills. Still, he famously refuses to discuss his private affairs with the media.
I’m not sure given Johnson’s parenting skills this is such a compliment. https://t.co/6WSHtn5KJk— Tim Walker (@ThatTimWalker) January 30, 2021
I don’t think we need parenting advice from @BorisJohnson 😂😂😂😂😂— Izwiz 💙 (@izzybbb) January 30, 2021
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