Parents voice concern over school exams due to rail strikes

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Parents have called for teachers and schools to be flexible over exams times due to the rail strikes which are set to take place next week.

With the rail workers set to walk out on June 21, 23 and 25, parents have spoken of their concern that their children may be late or miss exams due to the lack of public transport.

Caroline Farrow, told The i: “We have five children at three separate schools. The reason I have strong feelings is, we can make it work, it’s a pain, but we will have to do what we have to do, but what about the poorest students, particularly in London?

“They can’t always ask mum or dad to drive them, or they might not be able to afford an Uber or a taxi.”

Marta Kotlarek also spoke of a 180-mile drive she faces to get both her sons, Jacob, 15, and Michael, 18, to their GCSE and A-Levels exams.

She told Wales Online: “We will leave at 7.30am to make sure they are there in time for their exams.

"They normally take the train from Flint which takes 20 minutes. We are lucky because we have a car. I worry about families who don’t have a car.

“We live in Holywell so it’s a 60-mile journey there and back to the school. We are also expecting extra traffic because of the strike. It’s an added stress during exams.”

The head of the UK’s largest headteacher union also said she is concerned about the impact of the strikes during the exams.

Julie McCulloch from the Association of School and College Leaders, added: “It is important that families are conscious of the industrial action and make alternative arrangements where students are reliant on train services.”

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and Unite will conduct a walk out across the country on June 21.

National actions on rail services will also take place next Tuesday as well as June 23 and 25.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on the unions to meet Transport for London next week in order to hold final talks to avoid causing travel disruption across the capital.

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