Local residents in Hexham have gathered for a protest during a visit from the Education Minister, Nadhim Zahawi to Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham, Northumberland. The protestors are concerned about underfunding of schools, incompetence during the pandemic and the lies of the current government. They are calling for the government to show honesty and integrity, as an example to our children and young people.
Placards include messages such as
“Hey cheaters, leave them kids alone!”
“Brexit is the biggest lie”
“Education, education, education?”
and the very poignant
“We teach our kids not to lie!”
Concerns from the protestors
The protestors are concerned with the underfunding of schools, Covid negligence and the effects of Brexit on education such as the removal of the hugely positive and successful Erasmus programme.
Caroline Ludlow, the protest organiser said:
“This government’s poor policy choices have resulted in less money for public services including education also high taxes and cost of living. Their incompetence and ideological positioning in a pandemic has resulted in preventable educational disruption and risks to health for our children and staff.”
Janet Sheerin, one of the protestors said:
“We’ve come to Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham where Nadhim Zahawi is opening the new school buildings.
“We will remind him that Brexit has failed miserably and that we are fed up with a lying and deceitful government which is only interested in photo opportunities while the country is falling apart.
“We bring up our children to tell the truth. As Johnson’s liar in chief, defending him at every opportunity, he is an appalling example to the young.”
Protestors spoke with many parents and students who were supportive of their protest.