Gavin Williamson ‘absolutely confident’ schools will be ready for mass testing

Education secretary says he is sure secondaries will be ready with extra week to prepare

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has said he is “absolutely confident” that secondary schools will be able to run a mass Covid testing regime with an extra week to prepare.

Speaking on morning television, Williamson said £78m of extra funding, equipment such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and support from the military would help get the programmes set up. “There’s absolutely no reason that schools won’t be ready.”

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