This Morning host Alison Hammond admits she ‘struggles’ with children having to wear face masks while at school, during a discussion about the topic during Friday’s edition.
Alison returned to front Friday’s episode of This Morning alongside Dermot O’Leary, with guests Gyles Brandreth and Made in Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo joining them to chat about the biggest news stories of the day.
The host kicked off the discussion with the subject of mask wearing in schools, with some pupils reportedly ‘revolting’ against the current requirement.
Alison told her co-stars: ‘I really struggle with this one,’ before giving some further information about the rules in educational settings.
She went on to express her view on the situation, adding: ‘I personally think, children shouldn’t wear masks in schools.’
Dermot proceeded to give out some stats, sharing: ‘It’s interesting, a government evidence summary found 80% of pupils found wearing a face covering made it difficult to communicate.
‘With 55% feeling wearing one made learning more difficult.’
‘Of course it does,’ Gyles said, as he donned a mask to demonstrate his point.
‘If you’re trying to communicate with a teacher like this, it’s a bit difficult, actually recognising who’s the teacher.
‘It is a problem, to be honest. Independently-minded teenagers are saying, “No, this doesn’t make sense, the teacher’s the one who’s speaking to us, they’re the one’s spraying [particles], why are we masked?”’ the former Conservative Party MP added.
Alison continued: ‘I also don’t like seeing the little children with masks on either.
‘It’s never been a child’s job to protect adults, so why are we making them do that? I don’t understand.
‘I don’t think it’s a child’s job to protect me as an adult, I really don’t,’ she remarked, which Georgia was in agreement with.
Secondary school pupils in England were asked to wear masks in class, before returning to school after the Christmas holidays.
While children are required to keep a mask on in class, teachers currently are not.
Speaking in the House of Commons this week, Education Secretary Nadim Zahawi said children will have to continue to wear face masks until at least January 26, when a review will take place.
He said: ‘I would just like to right now be crystal clear about one thing: That is we must do everything we can, everything in our power to keep all education and childcare settings open and teaching in-person.
‘Face-to-face education is the best way for children and young people to learn and develop. You don’t have to be the Education Secretary to know this.’
Viewers watching at home were divided over the subject, with some praising her comments, whilst others weren’t so sure.
One wrote on Twitter: ‘Well said about kids and masks #Thismorning #Alisonhammond totally agree x.’
‘Children shouldn’t wear face masks. They are children! They are more vulnerable and it’s even more important for them to communicate #ThisMorning,’ said a viewer.
However, someone else pointed out: ‘#ThisMorning Primary school age children don’t have to wear masks in classrooms. It is secondary school children who have to wear masks.’
‘Some children in this world don’t have access to food and water! All that’s being asked of kids in the U.K. is to wear a face covering for a few weeks #ThisMorning,’ added another.
Elsewhere, Alison and Dermot celebrated their one-year anniversary on This Morning, after starting on their Friday slot early last year.
Dermot started off the programme by surprising Alison with a cake, before joking they used to ‘hate each other’ as they gushed about their time so far.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.Credit: Original article published here.