British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday (June 19) said he expects all school children to return to class by September.

Schools were shut in March to most children, as part of a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking on a school visit in Hemel Hempstead, where pupils sang the prime minister happy birthday, Johnson said, ”I’m sure we can get it done.”

Some year groups started returning to classrooms this month, but the government has faced criticism for dropping plans to get all primary pupils back into school before the end of the academic year.

The government on Friday announced that schools in England will receive extra funding to help them deal with the impact of lost teaching time during the coronavirus lockdown.

The catch-up package will be worth 1 billion pounds ($1.24 billion) over the 2020-2021 academic year, a statement said.

Reuters

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