Labour MP Jess Phillips left her son on the steps of 10 Downing Street because his school was set to close early on Fridays thanks to Tory cuts.
Danny, 10, goes to King’s Heath primary in Birmingham which is now having to shut early because of tight budgets, and campaigners announced that more than 250 schools across the nation are now either part-time or going to be part-time because of funding cuts, and they warn that countless more schools will have to follow suit.
Save Our Schools, who headed the demonstration, maintain funding cuts are already harming our children’s education, with numerous schools cutting back on the number of teachers, support staff and teaching assistants.
This will also mean that working parents will have to arrange additional childcare.
The Birmingham Yardley MP had earlier led a short protest march from Parliament Square to the Downing Street gates where pupils, parents, teachers and Save Our Schools campaigners burst into a mantra of “save our schools”, “five days a week” and “no ifs, no buts, no education cuts.”
Education cuts mean that lots of kids will not be able to go to school five days a week, and it’s the government’s duty to look after our children because the government has a responsibility to give universal education five days a week, and they’re degrading that.
We are one of the wealthiest countries in the world and yet, for some reason, we can’t manage to educate and have children in school, and the fact that the government can’t afford to keep schools open five days a week is appalling.
And cutting school hours means that children are missing out, with governors quibbling over how to spend £50.
The government is cutting to the bone, but those with money won’t miss out, they will get the best education, and there will be plenty of working parents who will have a really serious issue getting childcare, which means many will have to leave work to look after their kids.
Will the government pay for their childcare, no, of course, they won’t, which means that many of these parents will then have to go onto Universal Credit, and yet the government are stating that they’re getting more people into work, what a load of rubbish.
Cuts to school hours might not have touched everywhere yet, but it’s said that it’s on the cards for many schools, and budgets are simply getting pushed and pushed, and it should make us question what else the government have plans to cut.
There are so many messages that are put out there about kids and their attendance in schools. So, if your child doesn’t attend school, the parent will get fined by the authorities, so, if this is the case, shouldn’t local authorities be fined for cutting school hours?
Yet there are loads of kids set to miss 20 days a year which the authorities will go ahead and fine the parents £60 per day if their child doesn’t go to school, doesn’t make any sense at all. Really? So the government cut funding, cutting school days and they’re punishing the parents, the parents should be penalising them! And it’s totally double standards and hypocritical.
In fact, these kids could probably do a better job of managing the country than the now and next incumbent of 10 Downing Street, but it won’t be long before our schools are privatised by the despicable Tories, and the same with the police, fire and ambulance.
Jess Phillips should be ashamed of herself, using her child as a Political Pawn, and those who sell their own flesh and blood regardless of their political persuasion are the lowest of the low, and they should hang their heads in shame.
But Jess Phillips does have a point, the cuts to public services have gone too far, and the problem is that billions are wasted before any taxpayer money is used on services the money was meant for.
Maybe Theresa May should have let the child in, he might have learnt far more there than in school, but the Tories have made the UK into a backward country that can’t even educate its kids sufficiently, even though there appears to be enough money for tax cuts at the top of the food chain, but not enough to educate children.
Evidently, now our children don’t need so much education. Schools are on a 4 day week and social care is screwed. There aren’t enough police and now our streets aren’t safe.
The NHS is in continuing crisis with patients dying on trolleys, and fire deaths have gone up by 40 per cent after they made cuts to the fire service.
Then there is the food banks and social destruction, and supposedly the Tories are doing away with their sick and elderly under the guise of Universal Credit, and this is deemed to be the fifth wealthiest nation in the world.
Then we had to endure the governments Brexit pantomime, just so they can use it to cling onto power, knowing full well either that we’ll seemingly never leave or re-join in just a few years. Meanwhile, the pound is now worthless and our economy is struggling, and the Tories are truly a disgrace.
And before someone says what about Labour, half of them are just as bad, and they should all be working together to end this foolishness. We need an election, rather than assuming that the Brexit party will fix everything, they won’t.
The state of education in this country has plummeted under the Tories, and we should be troubled about the thousands of kids across England and Wales that are between school and not being provided with minimal educational provision.
Although I’m totally puzzled where the money is being saved by closing schools and are teachers being docked money because the school is only open 90 per cent of the time?
It appears that dinner time staff aren’t being cut, the schools are still open for five dinner times regardless, and this is just the same for caretaking and cleaning staff, which suggests there are no savings on heating and virtually none on lighting.
Teaching Assistants might have had their times cut, but then again, that was always the only option in schools anyhow because of their contracts. So, where are the savings?
Teachers may have taken a pay cut, but that’s leaving schools that are run down by neglecting things like maintenance and squeezing resources, so then the headteacher’s job was to become an authority on boosting cash one way or another for their pupils.