Students avoiding classrooms amid coronavirus crisis

The general secretary of teaching union EIS said attendance is down 30%.

Scotland’s largest teaching union has said students have been avoiding classrooms amid the coronavirus crisis.

Larry Flanagan, general secretary of Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), said: “The attendance rate across the country has dropped significantly.

“Out the figure we’d had reported back to us, we were down 30% of pupils not attending.

“Clearly we are not going to call for closures if it can be demonstrated that will increase the mortality rate.

“We want to be part of a collaborative approach, but we do think that school closures are probably closer than ever before.”