It is disappointing that the SNP continue to insist on this measure, having previously indicated that masks in classrooms would not be required after the October break. Scotland’s schools should have been a priority for the SNP but with facemasks in classrooms remaining, young people have once again been overlooked.
Experts have also said that they expect the requirement for facemasks in the classroom will be withdrawn soon. Professor Jason Leitch and Dr Christine Tait-Burkard are among the experts that think that the end of facemasks in the classroom is near. However, the SNP Government are adamant in keeping them.
Throughout the pandemic, the Scottish Conservatives have fought to ensure that young people’s education and well-being is protected. As well as being the only party to call for the full-time reopening of schools to be brought forward last year, we called for masks to no longer be mandatory in schools, and for children to not be required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid case – something which the SNP finally agreed to last year.
Going forward, we will continue to hold this SNP Government to account to ensure that these continued restrictions on school children’s freedoms are lifted as soon as possible.