Teachers’ associations: Do not exclude distance learning
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Because of the spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus, teacher associations are warning against sticking to face-to-face teaching at all costs. “The Omikron variant worsens the pandemic situation massively – also at schools,” said the chairman of the Association for Education and Upbringing (VBE), Udo Beckmann, the editorial network Germany (RND / Sonntag). “In any case, the motto of politics can no longer be that there must be face-to-face teaching at all costs,” he added. Beckmann called for the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs to meet quickly in order to coordinate with the virologists what is responsible with regard to the health of teachers and students. He emphasized: “In this context, alternating and distance teaching should not be taboo.”
The chairman of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, told the RND: “If there is another lockdown in the coming year, the schools cannot be exempted from it.” In view of the large number of unvaccinated students, the Omikron variant has a comparatively easy game, especially in schools. “A hard, short lockdown, including school closings with distance lessons, would still be better in case of doubt than having a situation for months in which it is sometimes open and sometimes closed,” said Meidinger./shy/DP/he
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