May 18, 2020 / 12:31 PM / 15 days ago

We want to work with teachers to restart schools - UK PM's spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Children leave school in Westminster as the majority of schools in the UK close while the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. In Westminster, London, Britain March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government wants to work with teachers and trade unions to help some students return to schools from June 1, the British leader’s spokesman said on Monday, trying to ease growing concerns.

Some teachers have criticised the government for moving too quickly to return some students to schools, part of concerns in Britain that the country is not ready even for the tentative easing of rules to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We continue to want to work with teachers, head teachers and the unions in order to find a way to have a controlled and careful return of some year groups from June 1 at the earliest,” the spokesman told reporters.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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