Medway Labour Angry and Disappointed by lack of government commitment to the school children of Medway

Medway Labour and Co-Operative Group condemns the utterly inadequate plans revealed by the government to help our students make up for lost time after Covid. In what has already been described as a ‘damp squib’ and ‘paltry’ this totally unambitious plan will leave school children, including the 46,000 in Medway, yet again short-changed with a figure that is equivalent to just £50 per child.

Labour’s own plan, announced by Shadow Education Secretary, Kate Green includes breakfast clubs, quality mental health support in every school, small group tutoring, continued development for teachers, an Education Recovery Premium and measures to ensure that no child goes hungry will see a £15bn investment into our futures – a figure that is more in line with what the government’s own ‘catch-up tsar’ Kevan Collins has recommended, before he quit in disgust at the government’s meagre effort stating that the government’s £1.4bn plan ‘betrays an undervaluation of the importance of education’.

Once again, the government is failing to invest in our future, and Medway’s future.

Shadow Secretary of State for Education Kate Green said:

This is woefully inadequate of what the government’s own education expert Sir Kevan Collins is suggesting is needed. I’m afraid it badly lets down our children and young people. It’s going to bring in some extra tutoring, it’s going to bring in some extra training for teachers. But we know that parents say the most worrying concern that they have following the pandemic is their children’s emotional wellbeing, their ability to socialise with other children, and their mental wellbeing. It’s a very limited announcement, I’m afraid, that the government is making, and children and young people can’t really afford to wait for this government to get a sensible package that will properly address children’s educational recovery and their wellbeing.”

Medway Labour Children’s Services Spokesperson Clive Johnson said:

“This government has shown where spending on the young people of Medway really lies on its list of priorities. When compared to the amounts wasted by the government on failed privatised test and trace systems, this lack of investment in all our futures falls well short of the mark. Medway’s students have shown great versatility and patience during this most difficult of times, and not to take the opportunity to invest in their futures is an insult to their efforts.”


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