In response to speculation that schools will close early for Christmas holidays Education Minister Peter Weir said: “There are no plans to extend schools’ Christmas holidays.
“To do so would be entirely counterproductive and would cause further disruption to children’s education and lead to an increase in levels of stress and anxiety.
“It remains my firm belief that face to face teaching is the best form of education and our schools are the best place to provide this in a controlled and safe environment.
“Indeed, large numbers of young people socialising out of school has the potential to create a major public health concern. My main priority is to guard children’s education, mental health and well-being.”
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