Updated 04/07/2021 3:34 PM
In the midst of the tense deliberations to define new controls against the second wave of the coronavirus, the Minister of Education, Nicolás Trotta, indicated that the presence in schools "is neither definitive nor permanent" and that therefore it depends on the actions being taken necessary to avoid contagion.
"Today the evidence confirms that if we uphold the careful protocols we can maintain a careful presence at school. Now, this
is not something definitive or permanent,
" he warned in statements to radio 10.
Trotta added that, faced with this situation, "
we have to restrict the contagion spaces in other areas of life
, mainly in the social
, experts say."
"We have to restrict encounters in spaces where we do not comply with distancing, ventilation, the use of a mask because that will inevitably affect the school," he insisted.
The head of the educational portfolio explained that, for now,
the infection detection rate in schools is "very low
"In the case of students, 0.16% are positive cases, and in the case of teachers, 1.03%," he said.
In addition, he stressed that "almost half a million teachers and assistants who received the first dose" have already been vaccinated.
"All those who want to prioritize attendance at school have to be consistent and, in the case of the City of Buenos Aires, exercise oversight so that the protocols are complied with, as we are making an enormous effort to ensure that they are complied with within the school, "he remarked earlier, in statements to National Radio.
In this context, Trotta pointed out, by way of example, that during the weekend in the bars of the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo "it seemed the Argentina of the prepandemic and that affects the school because, if the infections multiply, it will end at some point affecting the presence ".
"We have to change what is wrong; let's not punish the spaces where we are achieving and the evidence confirms it, to build a careful presence because, as a society, we are putting our priorities in order and the control is not being exercised so that we comply with the care" , emphasized the minister.
Photo: Orlando Pelichotti / Los Andes
In this sense, he stressed that "
presence is not a matter of desire"
a matter of responsibility
Precisely, the head of the educational portfolio reiterated that "the evidence" confirms that "the classrooms are not a contagious space because the protocols of physical distancing, ventilation, with a mask and staggered entry can be applied," thereby reaffirming the continuity of the "careful presence".
"Yes, there must be, as is being promoted, policies that are more collected in some aspects, but let's not start with the school, let's go where the focus is," Trotta emphasized, alluding to nighttime hours and the relaxation of care in
"social settings. and relatives".
Likewise, when asked about how the control of children outside the classroom is handled, the official said that, "
if we cannot solve that, it will end up affecting the school
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