The secretary general of the National Teachers Federation (Fenprof), Mário Nogueira, defended this Wednesday the need to reduce classes and test “all close contacts” of positive cases of covid-19.
“There is no doubt that face-to-face education is preferable to distance learning,” said Mário Nogueira, asking for “a way to create smaller classes to guarantee physical distance”.
The Fenprof director was speaking at a virtual press conference after the announcement of the new general confinement measures that keep all educational establishments in operation.
Mário Nogueira considered the Government’s decision to keep all levels of teaching active in face-to-face arrangements as long as it takes into account the experts’ opinion.
The secretary-general of Fenprof stressed that one cannot repeat what happened in the first period: “It is not enough to say that schools will be open, more needs to be done than has been done”, otherwise, “the Government may be taking a truly irresponsible position “.
For Fenprof, “tests must be mandatory” in situations of close infections and refuses that schools are not a contagion factor, saying that in the last six months there has been an increase in the rate of infection among school-age youth.
Mário Nogueira also warned of the need for “immediate reinforcement” of operational staff for cleaning schools, for the integration of teachers in the second vaccination phase and for the protection of teachers who belong to groups at risk.
The new confinement period starts at 00:00 on Friday and is scheduled until January 30.
This Wednesday Portugal exceeded the 500 thousand infected with covid-19 registered since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, and 8,236 people have already died, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,963,557 deaths resulting from more than 91.5 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
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