School leaders have asked to know if the exams will go ahead when the coronavirus peaks in May while a petition urges Boris Johnson to close the schools rises to 440,000.
Geoff Barton, secretary general of the Association of School and University Managers, said that there is an urgent need for clarity on the tests.
It comes as a petition asking the Prime Minister to send students home to close to half a million amid the threat of the killer virus.
Boris Johnson refused to close schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, but advised schools not to travel abroad
A petition, initiated by Sami Attout, urged Boris Johnson to close schools and colleges “in the next few weeks as soon as possible”, to prevent the spread of Covid19
Barton said: “Parents and pupils are worried about being victimized by something beyond their control and are asking,” Am I going to college or university “?”
But education minister Gavin Williamson replied: “We are doing everything we can to make sure it is right for the students, we are regularly discussing with Ofqual.”
Questions were asked about what students who had to self-isolate when exams begin will do.
There is a system for grading pupils in exceptional circumstances and has been done previously.
The petition, initiated by Sami Attout, urges the Prime Minister to close the campuses “in the next few weeks or as soon as possible”, to prevent the spread of Covid19.
It comes when the official number of cases in the UK yesterday reached 596, with 10 deaths.
But government chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said the real number was probably up to 10,000.
The school sends hundreds of pupils home when university classes end early
Manchester Metropolitan University students received an email on Thursday afternoon detailing the plans to end lessons a week before the term ends.
The spring term will end on April 3, but after March 27 there will be no lectures, seminars or contact lessons.
The students were informed that direct teaching could end earlier if a request is made by the government.
University leaders say planning is already underway to evaluate how they provide assessments and exams for the summer.
Horsham’s Christ’s Hospital school also said that the current school term will end today at 15:00 for all pupils except those taking public exams this summer.
About 240 pupils from the 11th and 13th years will stay in school and around 660 from the other years will be sent home, a spokeswoman said.
A university spokesman said student well-being is a “top priority”.
Durham University is also warning that students in Italy should return home and that large-scale conferences and events should be canceled.
Hundreds of thousands of worried parents are asking MPs to step up measures to allow them to take their children out of school.
The Prime Minister blocked the drastic measure – which has been applied across Europe – saying that washing hands for 20 seconds remains the most important step.
The petition collected over 440,000 signatures, surpassing the 100,000 needed to ensure a debate in Parliament.
He says: “We would like the government to at least consider closing schools / colleges in the coming weeks or as soon as possible, as well as taking the necessary measures to prevent further spread.
‘We would like the government or parliament to enforce this action because of the growing fear between parents and students attending school.
‘The ability to focus or concentrate is affected in addition to the growing fears of Coronavirus.
“In our view, government and health officials around the world are more” reactive “than” proactive “.
“This will result in more prevalence as time is allowed for the virus to do so. We hope to reach an agreement as soon as possible in a timely manner.”
School leaders fear that student GCSEs will overlap with the expected peak of coronavirus in the UK.
The Association of School and University Leaders said its members are answering difficult questions from anxious parents.
The UK Department of Education has set up a Covid19 hotline for school staff, while exam regulators urged them to continue their test preparations.
Yet major universities have taken precautions, with LSE saying that all teaching, exams and other assessments will be transferred online for the remainder of the academic year.
LSE students received an email informing them of the dramatic decision
A university spokesman said: ‘These actions are taken as a precaution and to provide clarity and reassurance to the LSE community in exceptional circumstances.
‘The LSE campus and residences will remain open. The Public Health England guide claims that there is currently a low risk for LSE and that buildings, services and facilities can function normally.
“We will take all necessary additional measures, such as closing a campus, if advised to do so in the future.”
Durham University previously announced classroom teaching, including small groups and one-to-one meetings, will cease on March 16th.
The university and its library will remain open, but all lessons will be held online as much as possible.
Manchester Metropolitan University has said it will end teaching in person from March 27th for the final week of the term.
The Prime Minister yesterday faced a growing backlash after refusing to close schools across the country as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the public.
Numerous other countries such as Ireland, Austria, Turkey and Norway have taken drastic measures to hinder the spread of the disease, including the closure of schools, universities and childcare facilities.
But the Prime Minister and his chief medical advisers have decided to withhold these responses in an attempt to delay the pinnacle of the “worst generation public health crisis”, and instead recommended that only school trips abroad be stopped.
On Thursday, he outlined his plan at a press conference, advising people to avoid cruises, school trips and to stay home for seven days if they notice mild symptoms.
One of his advisers also said it was unreasonable to expect children to remain isolated for up to 16 weeks.
The professor. Chris Whitty, chief medical officer, said that children appear to have a milder response to the virus than adults
Johnson said: “We advise all over 70s in serious medical conditions not to take cruises and we do not recommend international school trips.
“At some point in the next few weeks we will probably go further.”
Despite warnings, Johnson said the UK would not close schools yet.
He said: “The scientific advice is that this could do more harm than good.
‘But we are keeping it under control and this could change with the spread of the disease. Schools should only close if they are specifically advised to do so. “
The professor. Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, then reiterated the Prime Minister’s point, saying “Fortunately, and that’s a positive aspect of this particular infection, it appears that children are affected far less than adults based on the first data we have at the moment .
“Our opinion is not that they don’t get infected, we think they probably do, but they seem to have a much milder disease in general.”
Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said that you can’t expect children not to get in touch with each other for 16 weeks
Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance also said that schools should be closed for up to 16 weeks and it is unrealistic to expect children to be locked up for so long.
He said: ‘It is true that there is some effect in closing schools, but that effect is minimal and you should actually do it for 13-16 weeks or more.
“You don’t have to be a very advanced mathematician to understand that the chances of preventing children from talking to each other or playing with each other are zero.”