If Boris Johnson cared about schools, he’d already have sacked Gavin Williamson | Rafael Behr

Be it the exams fiasco or the schools U-turns, the only doubt is whether the damage he inflicts is by negligence or sabotage

Not much is constant about Britain’s handling of the pandemic, but one rule applies throughout: there is no scenario so bad that it cannot be made worse with Gavin Williamson in charge of schools.

Closing classrooms is demoralising for parents, teachers and children. The prospect of cancelled exams for a second year compounds the stress. Months of disrupted education will wound a generation. Poorer families will bear the deepest scars. There is no quick policy solution, but it is possible to imagine that remedies exist. Government cannot fix everything, but it must be capable of something.

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