The Minister of Education warned that institutional places such as schools and factories are not where infections occur
The President Alberto Fernández He warned that in recent weeks “social relaxation” grew, so he announced restrictive measures until April 30, which affect circulation, public transport and tourist trips, among others.
One of the main changes has to do with the public transport, which will now work only for so-called “essential workers”. The possibility of using trains and buses also includes teachers and students, since the Government chose to maintain essential classes despite the sharp increase in cases of Covid-19 in the last days.
In this context, Nicolás Trotta, Minister of Education of the Nation, pointed out that they are going to prioritize face-to-face classes and that “not only from the Nation we think it is appropriate but also from the other districts of the country.” According to the official, schools are safe environments and there is plenty of evidence to justify it..
“In the places of greatest risk, classes will continue because the protocol is very rigid,” he warned.
Previously, Trotta had stated that “institutional settings such as schools and factories are not where infections occur “, he had also said that he will continue to” prioritize careful presence“in schools, and demanded that” what is wrong “be changed and audits be reinforced without” punishing “those spaces that do manage to uphold the protocols, such as the educational field.
Argentina of the prepandemic
According to Trotta, in institutional places such as schools it is not where infections occur
“All of us who want to prioritize attendance at school have to be consistent and, in the case of the City of Buenos Aires, exercise oversight so that the protocols are complied with, as we are making a huge effort to ensure that they are complied with within the school, “Trotta said in statements made this morning.
In this context, Trotta pointed out, by way of example, that, During the weekend, in the bars of the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo “it seemed the Argentina of the prepandemic and that affects the school because, if the infections multiply, it will end up affecting presence at some point “.
“We have to change what is wrong; let’s not punish the spaces where we are achieving and the evidence confirms it, to build a careful presence because, as a society, we are putting our priorities in order and the control is not being exercised so that we comply with the care” , emphasized the minister.
In this sense, he stressed that “presence is not a matter of desire” but “a matter of responsibility.”
Schools are not contagious spaces
Classrooms are not contagious spaces, Trotta warned
Precisely, the owner of the educational portfolio reiterated that “the evidence” confirms that “The classrooms are not a contagious space because the protocols of physical distancing, ventilation, with a mask and staggered admission can be applied”, thereby reaffirming the continuity of “careful presence”.
“Yes, there must be, as is being promoted, policies that are more collected in some aspects but let’s not start with the school, let’s go where the focus is,” emphasized Trotta, alluding to the night and the relaxation of care in “the social and family environments“.
Likewise, when asked about how the control of children outside the classroom is handled, the official said that, “if we cannot solve that, it will end up affecting the school.”
“For this reason, yesterday, we brought together all the ministers of Education (of the country) because we want to continue working in the classrooms to generate awareness in the family also on the social aspect,” he said.
In another order, he stated that “almost half a million teachers, teachers and assistants are vaccinated with a dose of the Sinopharm vaccine”, which stressed the need to “advance in each of the measures that allow us to prioritize the school.”
However, he indicated that, “of course, in situations of complexity (eventually) some restrictive decision will have to be made” but stressed that what is being considered is “not to start with the school“.
At this point, he explained that, according to the evidence of the “Caring for schools” program, “we have an impact on the educational population that today attends in person of 0.16% of positive cases in students and 1.03 in the in the case of teachers, which shows us that there is no instance of contagion within the school “.