KIDS will have to carry on wearing face masks in the classroom until at least May 17 after ministers ditched hopes of ending their use ahead of next term. 

Education secretary Gavin Williamson announced the decision this afternoon and said face coverings will have to stay while vaccinations continue.

No 10 and education bosses had hoped they would be able to relax the rules at Easter, but they faced a rebellion over the plan from teaching unions.

The department for education said it is now expected they won’t be ditched until the next stage of the PM’s lockdown roadmap on May 17.

That is the date when social mixing rules on indoor gatherings will be relaxed for the first time.

Officials said keeping masks in classrooms until then will also help keep infections in check until all over 50s are given their first jab.”

By editor2