The president of Acción Empresarial por la Educación (Educa), Samuel Conde, on Thursday, 19 February 2021 called on the Minister of Education, Roberto Fulcar to consider face-to-face education with the application of a voluntary pilot plan to begin on 1 March in public and private schools nationwide.
Conde made the proposal during the debate “Presential Education, yes or no?,” sponsored by Educa. Parents, and education representatives of local and international organizations presented the pros and cons of returning to in-person learning.
Conde acknowledged health is non-negotiable. He called for safeguards for the health of teachers and staff. However, he said that numerous studies have shown that schools are safe places if proper health protection measures are taken.
He highlighted the enormous challenges posed by the pandemic and said it is not a time to improvise. He said it is time to listen to science.
The Ministry of Education, under pressure by parents and private sector to resume in person learning, has convened a meeting of the members of the National Education Council for 24 February. During the meeting, the Ministry said the protocols for in person learning would be presented. The position of the Ministry of Education is that it is waiting for the clearance from the Ministry of Public Health. Months ago, Public Health Minister had spoken that classes could resume when the positivity rate is at 10%. It presently is at 14%. Parents complain that almost everything is open in the Dominican Republic with the exception of the schools.
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19 February 2021