Caller Lisa from Denbighshire, North Wales, rang into Jeremy Vine on 5 and wanted English people to stop moaning about new restrictions as many have been followed in the devolved nations. Lisa said mask-wearing in schools has been in place since late November and was astounded people were kicking up a fuss as schools in England will see masks return to the classroom. Host Jeremy Vine challenged Lisa and argued it may not be that people were angrier but simply that there were more voices due to the population.
Speaking on Jeremy Vine on 5, Lisa could not understand why parents were kicking up a fuss about the restrictions.
She shared her experiences with her children and told the programme: “It’s really difficult, if they don’t pass their mock exam and if they don’t pass their real exams, they’re not going to get into university which he really wants to.
“But Wales have been doing masks in schools since November, we got an email saying that they have wear them.
“I just want to know why every time England has a new restriction, why is there a big hoo-ha, why do the parents start doing kickoffs and moaning about it and they shouldn’t do that because of mental health?”
Lisa added everyone was struggling with their mental health but still could not understand why people in England were getting so angry,
Host Jeremy Vine pointed out much of the UK population is located in England and so they would have the loudest voices when it comes to new rules and events
Lisa concluded and said her children have been going into school and none of them have caught Covid.
English secondary school students are being asked to wear masks in classrooms again to try and curb the spread of the Omicron variant.
Figures on Saturday showed 162,572 new cases recorded as the Government comes up with contingency plans for industries suffering from staff absences.
The face coverings will be put in place until January 26.
Teachers and other educational staff ramped up towards the end of last term causing many to fear that further disruptions to schools could happen in the coming weeks.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News that schools should consider flexible working arrangements and merging classes together to address staff shortages.
Teaching unions across the country have welcomed the Government’s action but have called for further measures to ensure exams are not disrupted later in the year.
Wales introduced new guidance near the beginning of December where secondary school pupils would need to wear masks.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said students would need to wear them in classrooms and communal areas.
Speaking to LBC, the Welsh leader said: “In most of Wales mask-wearing in communal areas is already part of the repertoire that schools use,” he said.
“We think now is the moment, with three weeks left of term, to introduce some additional safeguards to try and keep our school population safe [and] the staff they are in contact with safe”.
The latest seven-day infection rate across Wales up to December 28 is 1,720.9 cases per 100,000 people.
According to government data, England’s seven-day rate up to December 28 is 1,389.8 per 100,000.