A concerning number of childcare centres and schools are being forced to close due to positive coronavirus tests, as Victoria’s second virus wave continues to spike.
The DHHS website lists 86 childcare centres that have ‘closed for emergencies’. This is on top of the six schools and two childcare centres in Melbourne which have been closed as a result of a positive coronavirus test.
There are now fears of a possible return to remote learning. But no fear is as great as parents for the health and safety of their child, with many questioning whether Daniel Andrews is effectively managing outbreaks.
The Premier has mismanaged this pandemic from the beginning and has not curbed clusters which have continued to grow. The worst of Andrews’ decisions was giving 10,000 protesters the green light to rally through the streets of Melbourne, giving Victorians the message that the worst of this pandemic was over. Now Victoria has the worst daily COVID-19 numbers in the country.
We want to know what Daniel Andrews will be doing to ensure that childcare centres are supported during this time and how the Andrews Labor Government plans to ensure that students are provided with the resources they need, so they don’t miss out on vital learning during this difficult time. Children shouldn’t have to suffer because of Daniel Andrews’ mistakes.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, Cindy McLeish:
“Families and school communities have been disrupted enough. It’s time for the Premier to get the back-up resources Victoria needs to effectively manage outbreaks so that schools can be confident that Term 3 will not see a return to children being forced to learn from home.
“Daniel Andrews must foot the bill to support our childcare centres and schools for any financial losses they have incurred due to his failures in managing the coronavirus pandemic.”