Visit to St. Fidelis Primary School
Abena Oppong-Asare MP visits local school with Shadow Schools Minister
Erith and Thamesmead MP Abena Oppong-Asare today brought Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, Stephen Morgan MP, to Erith to visit St. Fidelis Primary School in her constituency.
Abena and Stephen met staff and pupils at the school to hear about the challenges they faced during the coronavirus pandemic.
They discussed issues such as ventilation, staffing issues, and action to help pupils catch up from lost learning.
Abena also presented the winner of her annual Christmas card competition with a prize, as well as presenting certificates to the pupils who took part.
Abena Oppong-Asare MP said:
“The teachers and support staff at St. Fidelis Primary School are doing an excellent job to ensure that pupils receive a well-rounded education.
“They have faced challenges over the last two years, but like schools across our area they have responded amazingly.
“They deserve more support from the Government to ensure that children and staff are safe in school and receive all the help they need.”
Stephen Morgan MP, Shadow Schools Minister, said:
“Labour wants children to be in school, learning together and playing together.
“I pay tribute to all the staff working right across our country’s schools, whose commitment, dedication, and hard work makes that possible.
“Every day missed from school is a day they do not get back.
“Last term alone, children in England missed over ten million school days for Covid-related reasons. Over a million children have left secondary school since the pandemic began. Almost two million of our youngest children have never known a normal school year.
“That is why Labour has set out a clear, costed, and ambitious Children’s Recovery Plan that would support our children where they have missed out with after school activities, breakfast clubs, and small group tutoring.
“It was a pleasure to visit a school in Erith and Thamesmead today with local MP Abena Oppong-Asare MP who is a tireless champion for schools in her community and is speaking up for children that are too often an afterthought by this Government”.