COVID-19 Epidemic Response Committee hears from universities, schools as they prepare for students to return

  • 05/05/2020

The Epidemic Response Committee is hearing from principals as some students, whose parents have had to return to work during COVID-19 alert level 3, have returned to school. 

MPs will also hear from Victoria University in Wellington after it backed down from controversial plans to charge students a $150 fee for rooms left empty during lockdown. 

MPs will hear from Victoria University in Wellington Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford, Auckland Grammar School Principal Tim O’Connor and Oropi School Principal Andrew King. 

The New Zealand Principals Federation will also speak to the committee, as will Early Childhood Council chief executive Peter Reynolds, and Kay Nelson from the Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation. 

The Epidemic Response Committee is a group of 11 MPs, the majority of whom are in Opposition, who meet via videoconference with the purpose of holding the Government to account on its coronavirus response. 

National leader Simon Bridges chairs the committee, and is joined by four other National MPs, three Labour MPs, one Green Party MP, one New Zealand First MP, and permanent member David Seymour, leader of the ACT Party. 

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