Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over the poisoning of almost 100 schoolchildren in the Moscow region

In the Moscow region, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over the poisoning of almost 100 schoolchildren in Krasnoarmeisk. This was reported on the website of the department.

The case was initiated under the article on the production, storage, transportation or sale of goods and products, or the provision of services that do not meet safety requirements (part 1 of article 238 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

In a press release, the UK says that 91 students from two schools applied to medical institutions in two days. The Ministry of Education near Moscow reported 96 poisoned people. The UK conducts inspections in schools as well as in the organization supplying food to schools.

MBH Media drew attention to the fact that FoodFutService is the food supplier to Krasnoarmeysk schools. In December 2020, the administration of Krasnoarmeysk signed an agreement with her to organize hot meals in all five schools of the city district for 14 million rubles.

RBC wrote that ProdFutService is associated with businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin.

In January 2019, the Navalny Live channel released material about the mass poisoning of children in kindergartens, which were supplied with food by companies associated with Prigozhin. In October, the court recovered 88 million rubles from Lyubov Sobol, Alexei Navalny and FBK at the suit of the “Moscow schoolboy”, who supplied food to kindergartens.


In the suburbs – mass poisoning of schoolchildren. The food was supplied by a company associated with “Putin’s chef”

More than 90 students and employees of two schools in the city of Krasnoarmeysk near Moscow have applied for medical help with complaints of poisoning, Interfax reports. The prosecutor’s office of the Moscow region began checking the organization that supplied breakfasts and lunches to educational institutions, and the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under the article “provision of services that do not meet consumer health safety requirements.”

According to MBKh Media, the food supplier to Krasnoarmeysk schools is the ProdFutService company, which is associated with the St. Petersburg businessman and “Putin’s chef” Yevgeny Prigozhin. In December 2020, the administration of the city near Moscow concluded an agreement with ProdFutService until the end of May of this year. The cost of the state contract is 14 million rubles. It is alleged that for this money, the company associated with Prigozhin was supposed to deliver over 140 thousand breakfasts and 63 thousand dinners.

Companies of businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is called “Putin’s chef” in the media, have been supplying food to educational, medical and government institutions throughout Russia since 2011. For ten years, they have concluded about six thousand government contracts for a total amount of almost 250 billion rubles.

Last year, food suppliers associated with Prigozhin received government contracts totaling over 40 billion rubles, winning 809 tenders.

  • In addition, Yevgeny Prigozhin is associated with the organization of a group of pro-government bloggers in St. Petersburg – the so-called “troll factory”, as well as with the creation of the “Wagner private military company”, which took part in military operations in eastern Ukraine, Syria and Africa. Several independent investigative groups accuse Prigozhin and his structures of involvement in the murder of three Russian journalists – Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguev and Kirill Radchenko, who filmed an investigation film about the activities of Putin’s chef companies in Africa.
  • In the United States, the businessman is accused of attempting to interfere in the presidential election, he is included in the sanctions list.
  • In October last year, “Putin’s chefs” were added to the sanctions list by the EU authorities, accusing the businessman of supporting arms supplies to Libya. Prigozhin himself denies all charges against him.
  • Prigozhin is also known for having filed dozens of lawsuits against the Anti-Corruption Foundation, Alexei Navalny and his supporters. The courts ordered to pay “Putin’s chef” and his companies tens of millions of rubles, considering that FBK’s investigations hurt the businessman’s honor and dignity.


Ireland closes schools and China confines 11 million people

The Republic of Ireland joined its northern neighbor, England and Scotland on Wednesday in adopting more restrictive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which on Tuesday killed more than a thousand people, an unprecedented figure since last april. Although the other territories have taken the path of a general confinement, Ireland maintains a partial closure, with the order to the population to stay at home except for justified reasons, to which the closure of schools until the end of the month will now be added.

With a population of close to five million inhabitants, the Irish State has registered 113,322 infections and 2,282 deaths, but what is most worrying is the conversion of the pandemic into a “tsunami”, according to the Prime Minister, Micheál Martin, in recent hours. , as a consequence of the acceleration of infections in the islands.

China has also entered a spiral of alarm and concern over the latest outbreak of covid-19. The country that recently declared to have beaten the epidemic is now facing the emergence of 117 cases in the city of Shijiazhuang and the detection of the South African variant – much more contagious than the original strain – in the southern province of Guangdong. The authorities have already decided to restrict mobility in the aforementioned city, where 11 million people live, to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the country.

Closed highways

Ten of the main highways leading to Shijiazhuang, a city about 300 kilometers south of Beijing, were closed on Wednesday and a bus terminal was also closed. The authorities have started a massive test campaign among citizens, since 78 patients were asymptomatic.

As for Guangdong, doctors are also trying to prevent the circulation of the new strain. It was detected in a South African pilot who had entered the province in December and tested positive for covid-19. It so happens that China also detected the British variant a few days ago in other sick people, which has raised the alarm because the two mutations are more infectious than the original virus.

Chinese is an example of the dangerousness of the pandemic. After months free of cases, the outbreaks have returned locally in recent weeks. In fact, the town of Xiaoguozhuang is closed and its 40,000 inhabitants locked up while another 40,000 are under observation in another city.


The teaching unions once again reject the return to the classrooms and criticized Macri

After Macri yesterday asked the Government to open the schools, the ruling party and the unions came out to criticize the former president. The Minister of Health Nicolás Trotta called him a “cynical” and speculator “, while the teachers’ unions also went to the crossing and warned that without health guarantees there will be no return to the classrooms.

The CTERA (Confederation of Education Workers) published a statement that bears the title “They have no shame.” The same, who has the signature of the Secretary General Sonia Alesso and the Assistant Secretary General Roberto Baradel, criticizes the PRO since he considers that “it neglected Education, mistreats teachers, disbelieves vaccination and care; they encourage policies who are against health and Public Education. In these difficult times we teachers have been the ones who were together with our students from the north to the south of the country. We are the first to defend the importance of the teachers in the presence “.

“We are not going to leave in the hands of those who attack Education, the Public University, Science and Technology, those who closed the Ministry of Health in its mandate arrogate the representation of those who toured the classrooms, the streets, the schools of our dear country. In these times of pandemic, health conditions, unrestricted compliance with protocols and hygiene and sanitation conditions in schools, should be a priority for the return to presence. We cannot allow health to be played with , with the life of the Educational Community “, they added.

For her part, from the FEB, Mirta Petrocini spoke about Macri’s statements and said that “it is inadmissible that the former president now calls teachers ‘heroes without a cape’, when during his tenure he promoted disaffiliation campaigns, harassment, persecution and lamented for those who have to ‘fall’ in the Public School ”. and added: “His political space persecuted # teachers with summaries, repeatedly insisted with ‘superior’ salary proposals that went down, closed schools (for example those of the Islands), lowered the budget for Education and assured that the poor did they could get to the University ”.

Suteba also spoke about returning to face-to-face classes. María Laura Torre, deputy general secretary of the Buenos Aires union, stated that “the first thing is the solidarity and collective care of all Buenos Aires. Today, when we talk about presence, we cannot imagine it in the same way as before because it is not the same in all other situations “.

Sergio Romero, Secretary General of the Union of Argentine Teachers (UDA). He stressed that “if the State is not present, the chances of going to the presence throughout the country will be diluted. We understand that we must do work with a strong presence of the State, which is not there today. If we continue like this, we will be going through a school year without education as in 2020, which was a lost year because when only one boy is left outside, the year is already lost. ” While in CABA, the secretary general of Ademys Mariana Scayola said that “we see a return to face-to-faceness very difficult. Within the framework of the increase in the contagion curve, the Government has a policy of coexistence with the virus, but they are not guaranteeing the sanitary conditions for this presence “.


Eisenmann with defeat around schools and daycare centers – SWR news

It is not easy for her: Parents are frustrated with corona. Trade unions grumble, and the government is in a difficult position. For the ambitious Minister of Education, Eisenmann, things are not going well before the state elections.

And again nothing. One could well imagine what Minister of Education Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) thought when Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) announced the continued closure of daycare centers and primary schools on Thursday. She shouldn’t have been amused.

For weeks there has been criticism of the woman who is jointly responsible for the future of small and large children. For weeks she has been taking heavy verbal broadsides from teachers and parents who vent their corona frustration on her and who demand a safe perspective for their children, for care and education.

Schools remain closed in pandemic

Eisenmann knows that, which is why she is urgently pushing for the daycare centers and elementary schools to be opened – and on Thursday again had to back off against Kretschmann. As the top candidate of the CDU for the state elections, she cannot like that, after all, as a Kretschmann rival, she has big plans, nothing less than prime minister she wants to be.

And then it was clear at the press conference on Thursday what Eisenmann thought of Kretschmann’s words. He had “come to an agreement” with the Minister of Culture, who is to be defeated in the state election campaign despite his popularity. Moments later, Eisenmann stressed, visibly angry, that the Prime Minister had decided. She called for a special status for children in the pandemic and was disappointed with the decision: “I would have liked a differentiated approach.”

Eisenmann dissatisfied in the SWR interview

Later that evening, Eisenmann underlined her position in the SWR: “Prime Minister Kretschmann came to the conclusion that we would keep the schools and daycare centers closed until further notice. Personally, I could very well have imagined opening daycare centers and primary schools step by step.” It couldn’t be more clear.

But what does all of this mean for Eisenmann’s political ambitions? She herself said in the SWR that it was not about not having asserted yourself. As minister of education, she has a responsibility to parents and children. “We will work together to be able to offer education and care again as soon as possible in daycare centers and elementary schools. That is a promise to parents and children,” said Eisenmann.

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For Edda Markeli, state political correspondent for the SWR, Eisenmann suffered a “defeat” on Thursday. In your opinion, with announcement. The number of infections is still too high, which is why it was not able to assert itself. Markeli also says that Eisenmann would like to create a profile with provocative statements like the one with fast school openings recently. She only partially succeeded. Although she would have been in the headlines, she would also have turned many against her.

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One thing is clear: almost exactly two months before the state elections in Baden-Württemberg, Eisenmann had to bite the bullet again on Thursday. The 56-year-old doesn’t have much time left to prevent an impending election defeat.

Difficult situation before the state election

Your personal survey values ​​compared to Kretschmann are hardly edifying. She is known for her strategic instinct and professionalism, just as she is feared for her harsh manner. Kretschmann is very popular – that is a problem for Eisenmann. In addition, a German coalition with the SPD and FDP after the election on March 14th is rather unlikely in view of the sympathy values ​​of other parties for the “traffic light variant”. Only news of success can help. But they didn’t happen on Thursday either.


Studies on Corona in daycare centers and schools: On the trail of the virus

What role do daycare centers and schools play in the infection process? The federal government wants to know and is funding studies on this. An overview.

How can you play safely in the pandemic? Scene from a day care center in Schriesheim Photo: Uwe Anspach / dpa

BERLIN taz | Schools and daycare centers remain closed due to the high number of corona infections. But what role do children and adolescents play in the infection process? The federal government is funding six research projects that investigate this. What exactly the studies are researching and what results are already available:

1. „Corona-Kita-Studie”

What role do daycare centers play in the spread? To what extent do preschoolers transmit the virus? Under what conditions can day-care centers be gradually opened? The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the German Youth Institute (DJI) are researching these and other questions. The research project has been running since May 2020, funded by the Ministry of Family and Health.

The researchers analyze, among other things, the registration data of the health authorities and interview managers, educators and parents about what everyday day-care life looks like or what challenges they are facing. In addition, the scientists want to examine around 20 daycare centers in which the coronavirus has broken out by summer 2021.

To do this, they visit infected children and educators and their contacts at home and take mouth and nose swabs, saliva samples and a drop of blood from the fingertip to test for antibodies. The families then conduct self-tests for twelve days.

So far, five daycare centers in Berlin and Schleswig-Holstein have been examined. 78 children and 102 adults could be tested. “Since the participants take and send in samples over a longer period of time, all the findings are only available for a few day-care centers,” a RKI spokeswoman said on request. Well-founded statements are therefore not yet possible.

In December, the RKI and the DJI published a report with interim results. It states that the number of infected children under the age of six is ​​”many times higher” than in the first wave in spring, but that this is related to the general increase in infections in the general population.

The researchers emphasize that there are only a few meaningful studies on the infectivity of children and adolescents worldwide. “Overall, children seem less infectious than adults. A statement as to which of the age groups within the children is the most infectious cannot be made reliably, ”says the report. The reason: “Overall, the results are heterogeneous.”

2. “Modus Covid”

The project, in which scientists from the Technical University of Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Konrad-Zuse-Institut Berlin are involved, researches, among other things, the effect of daycare and school closings on the dynamics of infection. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Research.

According to the researchers’ calculations, schools make a significant contribution to the infection process. The reason for this is the cramped situation in classrooms. “We consider a reopening of schools without compulsory masking throughout the classroom as well as alternating lessons to be irresponsible,” said a report from mid-December. Project manager Kai Nagel told the taz that changing lessons while wearing FFP2 masks could reduce infections in schools to “almost zero”.

According to the report, the closure of kindergartens will probably have an impact on containing the pandemic, “but not a major one”. A reopening of the daycare centers is conceivable “as soon as the hospital numbers drop significantly”.

3. „B-Fast“

The project of the National Research Network of University Hospitals is also funded by the Ministry of Research. The scientists are investigating whether and to what extent regular corona tests would be possible in daycare centers and schools.

To this end, a team in 18 institutions across Germany carries out three-week tests. Children, adolescents and staff are screened for the virus several times a week in different ways. The aim of the study is to prevent the facilities from being closed and to enable those with negative tests to attend school or daycare. Results have not yet been published.

4. „Sars-CoV-2-Kids“

Twelve German children’s clinics are involved in the study, which has been running since May 2020 and is headed by virologist Christian Drosten. In order to find out how the virus circulates in children and adolescents, blood that has already been taken is also tested for corona antibodies, and more than 18,000 blood samples are to be analyzed by the end of October. The project is funded by the Ministry of Research, results are still pending.

5. „CorKid“

The project funded by the Ministry of Research is researching how many children, adolescents and parents in the Ruhr area have already contracted Corona. To do this, the researchers test the blood of over 3,000 participants for antibodies. Results are not yet known.

6. „Recast“

The study carried out at the Charité Berlin examines why infected children often only have mild symptoms compared to adults. The researchers analyze, for example, the mucous membrane of children, which protects against pathogens. The study is funded by the Ministry of Research and the findings are intended to help in decisions about school and daycare closings. No results are available yet.


Education and Pandemic: Illusion Classroom Classes

Schools will teach more digitally than they’d like. Even if that doesn’t work out well in many places: The federal and state governments are finally improving.

Despite all the differences in the countries, most schools in the country will remain closed until the end of January Photo: Christophe Gateau / dpa

The new year begins for schools: in chaos. All you need to do is take a look at the rules that apply after the Christmas holidays in Germany. Children have to continue studying at home, but come to school for class work. Depending on where you live, there is emergency care for everyone – or only for parents with certain professions. Some countries postpone the half-yearly reports – others the carnival holidays. Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony will open primary schools next week. Elsewhere, this is considered premature. In Hamburg and Bremen, parents decide whether their children can go to school. And in Saxony and Thuringia, state politicians promise: inside regular classes in February, although the current infection numbers hardly show that.

The ministers of education: inside drive on sight. You weigh up between health protection, equal opportunities, the compatibility of work and family. Therefore – despite all the differences between the countries – most schools in the country will remain closed until the end of January. That’s a good thing. In doing so, the ministers of culture also tacitly admit what they had denied outright until before Christmas: that schools can very well play a role in the infection process. But that also means: closed schools and distance learning could be with us for a long, long time in 2021. Not least because of the particularly contagious virus mutation B.1.1.7, which has already been discovered in several federal states. The speedy return to face-to-face teaching, on which the ministers of education are building on as a matter of course, could prove to be an illusion. All the more annoying are the failures that make distance learning more difficult today.

As a reminder: five years ago, the ministers of education promised that in 2021 every student in the country could access a “digital learning environment” – with their own smartphone, broadband at all schools and appropriately trained teachers. A survey by the teachers’ union VBE among 785 school principals from the end of November shows how far the schools are from this promise: only 6 percent of schools have tablets for all children, and only 15 percent have enough staff for digital work trained. Connection to broadband? Only has every second school. And all that eight months after the painful homeschooling experience in the first lockdown. How can that be?

In any case, it’s not the money. The federal government’s 5 billion euros have been available for the School Digital Pact since May 2019. But even during the pandemic, nobody seemed to be in a particularly hurry. By July 2020, the federal states had called up just 15.7 million euros. Since then, the federal government has added three immediate programs, each worth 500 million euros: initially for loan devices for pupils in need, later one more for IT staff in schools and for work laptops for teachers. And: The federal and state governments have simplified the application process for digital pact funds. Since then there has been a bit of speed. Nevertheless, at the end of 2020 just 18 percent of the funds were approved. In Saarland or Schleswig-Holstein, only around 3 percent. Fast retrofitting in the pandemic looks different.

No virtual lessons

Nothing symbolizes half-heartedness better than the state learning platforms. Actually, Mebis, LernSax or Lernraum Berlin should make more of “home learning” than a pile of printed worksheets. Unfortunately, Mebis & Co lubricate reliably if too many classes want to log in at the same time. In March, the parents still understood the technical breakdowns. Today it looks like the ministries haven’t done their homework. But even if the learning platforms ran optimally: they do not allow virtual lessons. This requires video tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, which the ministries of education are reluctant to respond to – for reasons of data protection and perhaps also for cost reasons.

The truth is that not all teachers want (or consider necessary) to teach live in front of the PC. But maybe you would try it if you had an appropriately equipped service device, didn’t have to worry about data protection issues and were satisfied with the technical support at the school. At least a survey by the education union GEW shows that the vast majority of the teachers surveyed are dissatisfied with the topic of digital teaching. And also with the training offers.

But something is happening. In Lower Saxony, for example, 53,550 teachers have received digital training since the first lockdown, almost 80 percent of the entire teaching staff. The number of laptops that the ministries have now bought and distributed to schools sounds similarly impressive: 23,412 in Schleswig-Holstein, 38,813 in Saxony, 41,610 in Berlin, etc. Many federal states are adding thousands of devices on top of that to help as many students as possible to be able to borrow a device. If school administrators were hired just as quickly and service laptops were distributed for teachers, distance learning in the second half of the school year should be a little better and fairer. And more digital.

Of course, this does not solve all the problems that arise with long distance learning. But at least the countries are now more courageously improving. In line with this, the focus of this year’s conference of ministers of education is on: digital learning. But that doesn’t change anything about the ministers’ primary goal: the fastest possible return to classroom teaching. However, when and how which schools reopen is decided by each federal state. For schools, the year 2021 is likely to continue as chaotic as it began.


British and Germans put schools under suspicion in the transmission of covid-19 | Coronavirus

What convinced Boris Johnson to close schools in the UK, when he decreed new confinement because of covid-19? Studies by British scientists released in December, when the number of cases of covid-19 started firing and the new variant of the coronavirus, showed a clear relationship between infection rates between students and school staff and those in the community.

Before, the British Prime Minister argued that it was “vitally important” that children could stay in school – joining the international consensus on the effects of having interrupted face-to-face classes around the world in the spring, when the pandemic. But the Infection Study in Schools, a partnership between Public Health England (equivalent to the Directorate-General for Health), the British National Institute of Statistics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which tested 10,000 students and school personnel in England during the month of November, scared the government.

The conclusion, disclosed online on December 17, it was 1.24% of students and 1.29% of employees who had tested positive for the new coronavirus infection – with a higher weight in secondary schools than in primary schools. Another study found that 1.2% of England’s population had been infected in the week of 8 to 14 November.

It was on these studies that the advice of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (known by the acronym SAGE, “wise” in English) began to be based not to reopen most schools after the Christmas holidays. Only in this way would the value of R – the speed at which the virus spreads in the population – be kept below 1 and the epidemic could be controlled. Hence, there was also the proposal for a new general confinement to be decreed, like the one currently being experienced, with the British National Health Service showing signs of saturation. In Portugal, the Government has already said that the new general confinement that begins on Thursday should keep schools open. The final decision will be announced the day before, already after the meeting at Infarmed that will bring together policy makers and public health experts.

Data from the British National Institute for Statistics last week already show a reduction in the number of cases among school-age children and adults 35 to 49 years – and an increase in all others. But most of the teaching is taking place at a distance. Only the children of workers considered essential are going to school, as well as children considered vulnerable.

But day care centers and kindergartens continue to function normally. In addition, there are plans to introduce a system of regular screening tests in secondary schools to allow them to reopen.

More infected children

The case of the United Kingdom is perhaps the best known, and the most talked about, for the scale that the pandemic has resumed in that country. But this is not the only European country that, in the face of escalating infections, has reversed its policy of keeping schools open, for fear that children may spread the virus, despite having no symptoms.

Germany is one of them: the closure of schools has been included in the most restrictive measures imposed since 13 December. On the 5th, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that daycare centers, schools and non-essential stores should remain closed until January 31, and travel to a 15 km radius around the home was limited, in areas where the number of cases is higher 200 per 100 thousand inhabitants.

On 4 January, reports Deutsche Welle (DW), the team of microbiologist Michael Wagner, from the University of Vienna (Austria), who has defended the need to test more, presented a study in which he claimed to have detected an infected child without symptoms in three to four of the classes they studied. He says that children should be tested more often. “I wonder if there will be more cases – if we do not test children without symptoms, we cannot guess the source of the infection”, he defended.

Austria has been in remote education since the 7th and until the 15th of January. To return to face-to-face education, the Minister of Education, Heinz Fassmann, announced that the schools will receive, from the 18th, the 5000 kits of coronavirus screening tests acquired to try to make classes safer. For younger children, parents will be asked to test their children at home. “Of course, there will be parents who will refuse,” acknowledged the minister, quoted by Reuters. “But it is an opportunity to reopen schools.”

Another study, by German scientist Annette-Gabriele Ziegler, from the Environmental Health Research Center, used antibody tests to test blood samples from 12,000 children in Bavaria (aged 12 months to 18 years) and found that HIV infections new coronaviruses are six times more frequent than previously thought – which may dispel the idea that children play only a marginal role in the spread of covid-19, explains DW.

Other countries, further south, still resist closure. Spain has kept schools open, as has France, which resumed the school calendar this week, on 4 January, without changes to the current health protocol. “It is a profoundly educational and social and also a political choice, to preserve children’s right to education,” stated Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer.

This is despite the fact that the Director General of Health, Jérôme Salomon, said that the two new variants of the coronavirus that are of concern, identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa, seem to affect young people more and, therefore, to be more attentive “to the school and university environment”.

In Bagneux, mass screening in three schools has been taking place since Friday, after a case of illness was identified by the new British variant, a person who worked in two schools in the city. All inhabitants are invited to go for the PCR test, says the The world.

In Italy, where the alarm grows due to the so-called “contagions” panettone”, As they are related to the Christmas parties, primary schools reopened on 7 January – but in the South, where the pandemic struck with much more force this time, they should only reopen at the end of this week, beginning of the next. Higher education will only return from this Monday (with 50% of teaching in face-to-face format), also with great regional variations.


The dance sector is concentrating against the closure of schools

One hundred teachers from the Collective of Teachers and Private Dance Centers of Catalonia (CPCPD) gathered yesterday in Barcelona against the restrictions that have been applied to these centers. The president of the entity, Lorena Carabante, considers that the measures are “totally unfair” for their schools, in a “very large comparative grievance” towards private education. “We have come out unscathed from a management that has been done badly by the Generalitat,” said the spokeswoman, who demanded “face-to-face” for his teachings.

Carabante warned that the centers are in a “totally desperate and burial” situation and that the dance world of Catalonia “is dying”.

The spokeswoman for the sector believes that in the face of this confinement many schools will have to close. Since September, they have gathered around twenty-five centers from a group of about four hundred schools.


The Government promises to start vaccinating teachers in February – Night Shift

“In February, we are going to begin the process of vaccinating our teachers. We are working on the entire vaccination agenda with each of the jurisdictions and there it is essential to establish within what is the prioritization of the vaccination of the teaching sector,” he told Telam Minister Nicolás Trotta.

In this sense, the Ministry of Education began to plan the vaccination of teachers with the Health portfolio and it is estimated that it will be done with the second batch of the Sputnik V vaccine.

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“Vaccination will go hand in hand with the opening of schools to ensure the right to education in 2021,” said the minister, adding that “it should be noted that the Government set the teaching sector as a priority for vaccination, something that not all governments did, like, for example, Australia and Finland. “

Trotta ratified the validity of the school calendar that was set throughout the country, in which 17 provinces will start classes on March 1; the City of Buenos Aires, on February 16; Jujuy, on the 22nd of that month; Formosa, on March 2; and Neuquén and Río Negro, on March 3.

To plan the start of the school year, Trotta will begin a tour of all the provinces starting Monday to meet with governors and ministers in order to discuss issues such as the reorganization of pedagogical content and school infrastructure with the necessary protocols, among others. points.

“It is essential to be clear about the learning we have had in 2020. We are moving forward with the protocols and the epidemiological guide. Now we must give priority to the school considering the enormous difficulty we had last year,” said Trotta.

The minister assured that, “beyond the fact that the vaccine is not an essential condition, prioritizing the teaching sector will strengthen presence.”

He explained that the evidence built based on the evolution of the virus and also the provinces that have already started a process of presence in 2020 “implies institutional learning.”

“In March of this year we will have a very different knowledge than we had in March of last year,” he stressed.

Regarding the possibility of starting the school year only for the furthest behind students in the event of not being able to complete the vaccination for all teachers in March, Trotta stressed that “all positions will be considered, but the Government’s will to articulate with all jurisdictions so that presence is the computer of the educational system “.

The United Kingdom closed schools due to a rise in infections in adolescents

The Cordoba university teacher, Mario Moya, who lives in that country, told this Thursday to Chain 3 that the decision not to have classes for a month was taken, because “in the sector of the population that goes from 10 to 17 years old, the number of cases in secondary schools tripled.”

“It is because the variant of the virus apparently has the highest incidence in that part of society,” he stressed.

However, he stressed that education “was never interrupted” before, even in the first two opportunities for strict quarantines.

Report by Alejandro Bustos.