Rob Kelsall, NAHT National Secretary, said: “It is alarming to learn that the Chief Executive has made such claims to the Public Accounts Committee. Indeed, it couldn't be further from the truth and is at odds with the reality on the ground. Since the pandemic struck, NAHT and other education unions have been providing leadership for schools and headteachers in order to fill the vacuum left by DESC, initially in the area of online learning, and then notably in respect of the health and safety of pupils, families and staff. This has been in conjunction with the Minister for the Department of Education, Sports and Culture. Teaching unions have been working tirelessly to ensure that first and foremost, key workers' children and vulnerable children were cared for in hubs and that schools were ready to expand wider reopening in a safe and measured way.
“NAHT wrote to the Chief Minister and Minister for DESC on 20 March confirming that now was the time to pull together and demonstrate the Manx spirit of cooperation and resilience. Indeed, NAHT members have co-operated with all Covid related requests from DESC.
“NAHT has lodged an official complaint into the misleading statements and is seeking an investigation and for the public record to be corrected.”
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