Why the government’s back-to-school plan could bring more political peril for Boris Johnson | The Independent

Question marks remain over Johnson’s plan to reopen schools

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f the majority of English and Welsh classrooms are filled by children returning over the next few days, Boris Johnson and Gavin Williamson will be breathing a deep sigh of relief.

After the farcical collapse of their last attempt to get pupils back to school in June, simply reopening classrooms and persuading parents they are safe places to send their children has become a significant test of the government’s basic competence.

The hope is that getting lessons going smoothly will not only allow youngsters to resume their education but will also trigger a flood of parents back to offices and factories after months having to work from home while keeping half an eye on the children. This, in turn, could restore the urban economy of sandwich shops and restaurants and make public transport viable again.

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