Commenting, following the First Minister’s announcement of additional funding to improve air quality in Scotland’s schools to mitigate against the risk of airborne Covid spread, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “Whilst the additional funding of £5 million for air cleaners is welcome, it, frankly, is long overdue.

“We have been talking about improving ventilation in schools for over a year and now, in January 2022, we finally have funding made available but it will take weeks for this to be processed, air cleaners procured and then supplied to schools. In the meantime, teachers and pupils will continue to face the challenge of Omicron in busy, crowded schools.”