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Pupils wished well by First Minister on last day before schools close


By Scott Maclennan


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and education secretary John Swinney meeting pupils last year
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and education secretary John Swinney meeting pupils last year

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has sent her best wishes to school children as they are about to finish classes for an extended period due to the coronavirus infection.

On Wednesday, she revealed that schools would almost inevitably close by the end of the week and this was confirmed on Thursday in the Scottish Parliament by education secretary John Swinney.

The reasons behind the closures were a lack of staff who were forced to self-isolated and the danger of the infection being passed around schools.

Ms Sturgeon said she: "Fervently wished we were not having to close schools but it is essential to help us reduce the impact of this virus.

“I want to send my best wishes to those school children who are finishing classes for the last time for what could be an extended period.Thank you for all your hard work this year. You are all an enormous credit to your schools, communities and your parents.

“I also want to say thank you to all of our teaching staff and non teaching staff in our schools and early year settings it and all those who are and will continue to be working flat out in education service at photo the last few days and in the days to come to help us adapt to what is a rapidly changing situation.

“I think the very fact that the education minister confirmed yesterday that for the first time in our history there will be no exams this year underlines the seriousness of the situation that we are facing.”



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