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‘Ludicrous’: NSW slams Victorian rule

Victorian students in years three to six will be required to wear a mask while at school. Mr Toole, who is a former schoolteacher, said it was a ridiculous requirement.“I don’t really see the point of that – it’s really going to be constricting those children in that state,” he told Sky News.“It’s a crazy decision and I don’t think there’s health advice that could actually support that decision that is being made.“It’s ludicrous at the end of the day.”Mr Toole said his own state had a better approach to managing the return to in-person learning.“We’re getting the right balance here in NSW,” he said.“You know, we’ve got kids that are going back to school on the 18th, we have brought them forward by a week so they will all be back on the 25th of October.“Having homeschooling and online teaching, it’s very difficult. And I think that (school) is the best place for our kids to be.”Mr Toole was a primary school teacher in Bathurst until he was elected into state politics in 2011. “As a former schoolteacher, and talking to a lot of my mates who are still school teachers, they want the kids back in the classroom,” he said. “They know that face-to-face teaching is going to provide the best opportunity and the best way of learning for these young people.”

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