UNIONS against schools reopening DON’T want Gavin Williamson to be sacked, it was claimed today.
Instead, it was claimed some of the biggest education unions have branded him their “very useful idiot”.
The under-fire Cabinet minister is facing mounting pressure from Tories over the chaotic exams u-turn.
A whopping 40 per cent of students getting their A-Level results this month had them marked down by a controversial algorithm after they were unable to sit their exams due to coronavirus.
After days of pressure from devastated students, furious parents and irritated politicians, the Government bowed down and changed their tune.
Instead kids will get their teacher-predicted grades, or whichever is higher.
And one union leader today told the Telegraph they were secretly supportive of Mr Williamson – saying he was “parlously weak”.
They added: “When your enemies make a mistake, why interrupt them.
“We had a meeting with another union and we’re in complete agreement, we don’t want him to go because he’s a very useful idiot for us. We don’t want him to be sacked.”
A Government source responded: “Getting all children back to school at the start of term is a national priority. That’s what the unions should be focused on rather than playing political games.”
It previously emerged that Mr Williamson had gone away for a week in Scarborough from August 2 as the exam disaster loomed.
But a spokesman said the visit didn’t count as holiday as he was “working every day” and “it was the only chance for him to go and see his mum and dad who he had not been able to visit during lockdown”.
Education Minister Gillian Keegan this weekend faced criticism after enjoying a break in France as the exam chaos unfolded.
Mr Williamson even “liked” her hols snaps online.
Students will return to class in September after being out of mainstream education for nearly five months during the pandemic.