They warn of the risks of returning to face-to-face classes in the fourth wave

Given the growing wave of infections that the country is going through because of the new Omicron version, experts in educational issues see the risk that minors attend face-to-face classes, as classes still remain unfeasible, apart from the fact is that the area is not supposed to be vaccinated.

In the last one week, infection with Kovid-19 is increasing in the country, 25 thousand 821 new cases were registered yesterday; The highest figure since last August 20, 2021, when 21,887 were counted.

In an interview with La Rezon, Jenny Farias, a researcher at Mexicanas Primero, said it is important for federal officials to clarify how many schools have adequate conditions to protect minors, as it is necessary to know which ones have. Know whether there is access to drinking water, ventilation, or even the health of teachers.

“From these data we can know how many schools children are ready to receive and which are not. I imagine there are many who are unprepared, even if they have plenty of time to make adjustments, moreover not envisioning an extraordinary plan for those who do not have minimum safeguards for children are”, he explained.

Jenny Farias said that given the increase in infections in the country, it is better to delay the return until the sanitary conditions are better, because if there are no preventive measures, then minors are at risk from the new wave, especially because the child population is not It is protected from SARS-CoV-2.

Separately, researcher Alma Maldonado of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies at the National Polytechnic Institute (Synwestv) pointed out that the concern is that children are not vaccinated before the arrival of the fourth wave, and teachers still do not have reinforcements. , complicating the approach to classroom attendance.

“Teachers do not have reinforcements and minors are not vaccinated, it is a concern but another problem is that everything is open at green traffic lights and people keep roaming in cities. There are no acceptable conditions in schools, nor is there any alternative plan to follow at home,” he said.

The expert noted that the scenario for 2020 and 2021 is repeated this year because, despite experience in the field of education, federal officials “do not learn.”

“After two years of apprenticeship there is no diagnosis, no school dropout information; What we have criticized since 2020 has been repeated and we are at the beginning and it is a tragedy”, Maldonado said.

Virologist Alberto Campillo of Mexico’s National Autonomous University assured that returning to face-to-face classes before the arrival of Micron is not a good decision, as children can also be infected with the coronavirus and even die from it. can also.

“I know we are all desperate for closure, but given the presence of Micron, which is much more contagious and without forgetting Delta, which is still out there, it is dangerous to return to face-to-face classes, because children can also become infected with Covid-19, develop severe symptoms and die from the virus”, warned the expert.

  • Data: In Sinaloa, officials on Wednesday announced the suspension of face-to-face classes at all levels due to a rise in COVID-19 infections.

IPN announces return of classes by Jan 31

The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) reported that it will return to face-to-face classes in a staggered format on January 31, due to the pandemic situation in our country.

“Following the federal government’s strategy to continue caring for people’s health, the National Polytechnic Institute moves towards the new normal for the safe return of face-to-face classes on January 31, while facing the ongoing health crisis around the world.” It is based on the Stepped Human Back to School Program (PEHRC),” he said in a statement.

He also announced that officials from the Academic and Research and Postgraduate Secretariat of IPN hold various meetings with directors of upper and upper middle level teaching units to define the details of the returns.

“All services and research at the upper, upper and postgraduate levels shall be provided individually, responsibly and systematically in the conditions established by the authorities concerned, depending upon the traffic light, confinement and gauge,” he said.

IPN said the decision was made after 10 weeks in which the traffic light in Mexico remains green.