Opposition Calls For School Certainty


The government’s plan to have kids back in classrooms for the start of Term 1, now hinges on whether there are enough Rapid Antigen Tests.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr says the plan will be unveiled when it’s finalised.

Shadow Education Minister Jeremy Hanson says parents and teachers need certainty.

“They want to know what is going to happen, because if there is going to be a delay, then parents need to know that and teachers need to know whether they’re doing remote or face-to-face learning,” Hanson said.

It’s hoped we will soon see an increase in the number of rapid antigen tests available at pharmacies. 49 million kits will arrive in the country by next month. Pensioners and health care card holders are eligible for free tests.

It’s unclear whether these will arrive in time for the start of the school year.