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Covid-19: Eight times as many pupils in school this lockdown

Reported by lily | January 17th, 2021 @ 04:42 AM

Covid-19: Eight times as many pupils in school this lockdown

At least eight times as many pupils in Northern Ireland attended schools in the first week of term in 2021 as in the first lockdown in 2020.

Part of the increase is due to special schools remaining open for all pupils, unlike in March to June last year.

However, Department of Education (DE) statistics suggest many more children of key workers and vulnerable children are going to school.

Most school pupils are being taught remotely until at least mid-February.

However, children of key workers and vulnerable children can still attend school.

That was also the case during the lockdown in March to June last year, when just over 2,000 children a day at most attended school.

Nine in 10 pupils learn remotely

The department carried out a survey about how many pupils were in school on Tuesday 12 January.

Almost 70% of pre-schools, primaries and post-primaries responded - a total of 851 schools.

Those schools reported that 14,787 children were attending school - over 7% of their pupils.

But almost nine in 10 pupils were reported as learning remotely.

Four out of five children classed as vulnerable were reported by schools to be either in school or learning remotely but almost 20% were not.

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