The teachers of the association in the Teachers’ Platform rebuke the government for prioritizing the reopening of shops and further dismantling over the resumption of full-time teaching and school activities for high school students. According to the association, this shows that the cabinet’s statements about the priority of returning to schools are not true.
According to the government, stores should be opened throughout the Czech Republic from May 10, and rotating teaching in primary schools should also operate throughout the country. Already on Monday, some children returned to second grade in Prague and six regions. Kindergartens have also been fully opened in these regions. Earlier, rotational teaching also began at the first stage of primary schools, and the practical teaching of secondary school students and the last years of universities was resumed. The remaining years of university are to have practical training from next week.
The Ministry of Education expects the return of high school students to theoretical teaching with a decrease in the number of patients on a weekly average of about 75 cases per 100,000 people. According to the Minister of Education Robert Plaga (for YES), it could be from May 17. Now, in seven days, 134 are newly infected per 100,000 inhabitants.
However, Petra Mazancová, chairwoman of the Teachers’ Platform, fears that the return of high school students to schools is not expected by the end of this school year. “If education is to be a real priority for this government, it should ensure the return of all children to school and only then address further disintegration,” she said. She wondered, for example, why schools remain closed when measures are relaxed, for example in sport. “I find it absurd that at a time when thousands of people can go to a sports match together, it will not be possible for students in a much smaller group not to go on a water trip or a trip,” she said.
According to the Teachers’ Platform, the removal of education from the top positions of government priorities is also evident in the vaccination of school staff. “When the first pupils started returning to school on April 12, only 36 percent of school workers were vaccinated with at least one dose. Less than half of those who registered for vaccination did not even know the date of vaccination,” the association said. According to Mazancová, the government should therefore ensure that teachers can be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Workers in regional education could register to be vaccinated against covid-19 as a matter of priority from February 28 to March 27. According to the Ministry of Health, about 165,000 school employees received at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 82,000 also have a second dose. According to an estimate by the Ministry of Education, around 330,000 people work in regional education. On Monday, a registration system for preferential vaccination of university teachers was opened.
The Teacher’s Platform Association brings together about 900 teachers and has a Facebook group with 16,400 members. According to the Ministry of Education, there are around 170,000 teachers in the Czech Republic.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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