Mexico City.- Due to the rise in COVID-19 infections, 14 states decided to indefinitely postpone the return of face-to-face classes or suspend classes.
One unit – Kolyma – holds a hybrid model and 17 more have resumed classes, although, in some, officials analyze the relevance of imprisonment.
Emiliano Sánchez, a member of the board of directors of the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico (Radim), pointed out that the concern about a return to the classroom is understandable, but refers to that in December, when the Delta version was dominant, and it That apparently it’s more serious than Omicron’s, school attendance was about 92 percent, and there were no serious outbreaks.
He questioned, ‘Then why is the right of children being violated again.
For a spokesperson for the Crispers Association, there’s a contradiction in the fact that crowds are still allowed at restaurants, concerts and other events.
Tania Ramirez, executive director of the Network for the Rights of the Child in Mexico (Radim), recognized that the key is that authorities take action to prevent the school’s backlog from deteriorating.
Each state exercises its own autonomy and measures.
For example, Nayarit ordered the suspension of face-to-face classes for the next two weeks, while Sinaloa decided to reopen schools in view of the increase in cases.
The Baja California Sur State Safety Committee announced that back-to-school will be suspended indefinitely at all levels. The face-to-face return was scheduled for January 17.
Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin explained that the decision to suspend face-to-face classes was taken to protect students, “because this is an area that has not yet reached a vaccine.” This measure will be in force till at least January 14.
The withdrawal from face-to-face classes in San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo and Tamaulipas was postponed until January 17. For that date, Jalisco and Baja California are also expected to return.
In the Yucatan, lessons will remain virtual until at least January 14. Meanwhile, the return of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Guanajuato and Nuevo León are being considered for next Monday.
Micron will widen the educational gap
Given the postponement of face-to-face classes, experts called for protecting the school community from contagion, but before the school hiatus in the two years that the pandemic is causing a crisis.
Radim’s executive director said that during the opening of schools, students have shown commitment to maintaining preventive measures, a responsibility he attributed to his desire to keep classes open.
He pointed out that based on various surveys, around 7 out of 10 students want to return to schools, for which he demanded that the government prioritize their right to education to avoid negative feelings due to school delays and imprisonment.
He reproached that Mexico opened shopping centers, bars, cinemas, casinos earlier than educational establishments.
“The fluctuations are enormous because of the easing of mass holidays, or other types of measures. This pandemic does not pass as an excuse to keep minorities away from classes,” he stressed. .
Sanchez, for his part, proposed that the state listen to communities, and provide them with the tools they need to devise a return plan for a safe return to school and to avoid unilateral decisions.
Francisco Oliva Sánchez, a professor in the Department of Biological and Health Sciences of the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), indicated that each entity has different characteristics and levels of contagion, but there has been an increase in new cases nationally, which is why he To strengthen the measures.
“I believe that school closures depend a lot on the perception of each state. As we know, there are recommendations from the federal health ministry or indications about these activities, but in the end it is up to the states to make their own decisions. have the autonomy of the decision,” he admitted.