LONDON | The british government announced Friday a plan with a billion pounds ($1.7 billion) to help the children deprived of school during the confinement in England to catch up.
Up to two million disadvantaged children in England will have access to private tutors, thanks to a program with 350 million pounds.
A further eur 650 million pounds ($1 billion) is intended for primary and secondary schools for the academic year 2020/21. The schools may decide how to use this money, but the government expects that this will allow for example to organize training courses in small groups.
“I’m determined to do all I can to ensure that all children return to school from September and we will as soon as possible our projects on the way in which this will happen,” explained the prime minister Boris Johnson in a press release.
Schools were closed on 20 march in the Uk because of the pandemic that has killed a total of more than 42 000 people, according to the last balance-sheet of the government published on Thursday. The kindergarten and some nursery classes, and primary schools have reopened in England from the 2nd of June, and some high school students returned to class this week.
But the government has decided to send all children of primary classes before the summer holidays as originally planned.
Each of the four nations of the United Kingdom has its own roadmap in terms of déconfinement. Scotland provides for the return of students in August, while in Northern Ireland, some classes will resume to full-time at the end of August, after the decision of the local government to reduce to a meter, compared to 2 meters before, the necessary distance between the two pupils.