Wednesday 11-11-2020 - 15:54
NUS Scotland welcomes the Minister's statement on supporting students to return home safely at the end of term.
The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science announced a plan to support students to return home safely through mass asymotomatic testing.
NUS Scotland President, Matt Crilly has welcomed today's announcement, commenting:
“Today’s announcement that students can travel home safely for the Christmas break is warmly welcome and will be a relief to many students and families across Scotland.
“Students have had a difficult term, many having to self-isolate for extended periods. We’ve repeatedly called for a coherent plan for the end of term, these new plans for mass testing and staggered departure dates gives students the certainty they need.
“Focus now must turn to ensuring that institutions are equipped with enough resource to cope with the demand for testing and have enough funding to offer support to those students who for a variety of reasons, such as care experienced, internationals and estranged students, will stay in their accommodation over the winter break. We also need a clear strategy for January return: students deserve better than another term of uncertainty.”
Find an audio clip from Matt here.