As the Assembly was recalled today to debate a motion on the return of schools, Clare Bailey MLA commented on the Executive’s record during the pandemic.
The Green Party NI Leader said: “Throughout the pandemic, the five-party Executive has demonstrated its inability to deal with crisis. Ministers must now work with schools and teachers’ unions to ensure that a strategy is put in place to ensure public health and pupils’ education is not undermined.
“It’s inexcusable that almost two years into the pandemic, there is still no plan to introduce air filtration in all classrooms. This is a multi-party failing, with the DUP Education Minister not developing a plan, and the Sinn Féin Finance Minister not guaranteeing the funding. Northern Ireland’s school pupils deserve better than this last-minute planning and uncertainty.
“Instead of the consistent and clear public health communication needed, the Executive parties have just delivered division and indecision. Continued threats to collapse devolution in the midst of this pandemic are reckless, and only serve to undermine public trust in politicians at a time when they should be prioritising public health.”
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