Tag: January

Gavin Williamson warns of ‘enormous battle’ over January schools reopening

 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

The education secretary Gavin Williamson has warned there could be an “enormous battle” in government to keep secondary schools open in January.

Officials from the Department for Education and No 10 are expected to meet on Sunday in light of a warning from scientists that closures may be necessary to slow the spread of the new coronavirus variant.

Mr Williamson is said to have privately expressed concern that fellow government ministers more in favour of restrictions will press for closures, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

The government announced plans last week for a staggered return

Read more

Student loan borrowers aren’t expected to make payments again until the end of January 2021

Betsy Devos
US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as Vice President Mike Pence listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • The deadline for student loan forbearance was extended until the end of January 2021, Education Sec. Betsy DeVos announced Friday.

  • More than 40 million student loan borrowers in the US were not expected to make payments on their federal student loans as part of the CARES Act package passed by Congress earlier this year as the pandemic posed financial insecurity for many Americans.

Read more

DeVos suspends student federal loan payments through January

The Trump administration on Friday suspended all federal student loan payments through the end of January and kept interest rates at 0%, extending a moratorium that started early in the pandemic but was set to expire at the end of this month.

By extending payments by one month, the administration is effectively leaving it to the Biden administration or Congress to decide whether to provide longer-term relief to millions of student borrowers. The measure was included in a March relief package and the White House extended it in August, but its fate was in doubt amid stalemate over a new

Read more