12th April 2021, a day that many people in England have been waiting for. The day they can finally get a haircut or have a pint at the pub. Yet university classrooms are to remain shut.
When Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the governments out of lockdown roadmap, students were disappointed to have been left out. Every part of society – even nightclubs were mentioned in the roadmap. However, universities were mentioned just once.
That was in stage one. From the 8th March schools and colleges were allowed to reopen. Whereas universities were allowed to open for the few.
“Some university students on practical courses will be able to return to face to face learning” – Government Roadmap.
As children not wearing facemasks and being incapable of socially distancing properly returned to school in March, students at university were to remain home and wait for further news.
That news has still yet to come.
News about whether students will be allowed to return for in-person lessons is due to come before the end of the Easter holidays, suggesting a return no earlier than May. A point where many students will be finishing their degrees and classes.
Schools were a priority for reopening for the government. Education should be a priority. Not just for the young children in primary school, but for the adults who look to go into the next stage of their life and truly begin adulthood.
This lack of clarity from the government surrounding students is shocking. From the 12th April, students will be allowed to get a tattoo, go to the pub, get their nails done. But not go to university. The government has effectively deemed pub-goers as a bigger priority than students.
The worst bit is? This isn’t surprising.