School attendance dropping in England amid concerns of new Indian Covid-19 variant
- School attendance in England has dropped in the past week amid concerns about the Indian coronavirus variant, government figures show.
- Just over nine in 10 (91%) state school pupils were in class on May 20, down from 92% on May 12, according to the Department for Education (DfE) statistics.
- Approximately 87% of secondary school pupils attended last week, down from 89% on the previous week, while attendance in primary schools fell to 94% last week, from 95% on May 12.
- The data suggest that 82,000 pupils were out of class and self-isolating on Thursday last week due to potential contact with a case of coronavirus, compared to 65,000 the previous week.
- The figures come after the Government removed the requirement for secondary school and college pupils in England to wear face coverings in class despite worries about the Indian variant of the virus.
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