Berlin sticks to school start with compulsory attendance

Berlin sticks to school start with compulsory attendance

Berlin's education senator Sandra Scheeres wants to keep face-to-face teaching in the new school year. The SPD politician pointed this out on 22 July 2021 during a visit to a school in Kreuzberg.

Sandra Scheeres

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School Senator Sandra Scheeres (SPD) speaks at a press conference.

In light of the recent increase in the number of Corona infections, Scheeres has announced compulsory attendance for all grades. The protection against infection in the schools is well organised. "Every pupil is tested twice a week," said the education senator. There are air-filtering devices, a vaccination programme for teachers and the obligation to wear mouth and nose coverings. "Of course, my goal is to go into face-to-face teaching," the SPD politician stressed. "I am bombarded with letters." In them, parents wrote to her: "Please stick to face-to-face teaching. This is so important for our children."
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"The Robert Koch Institute says quite clearly that the issue of incidences can no longer be the only point of reference," the senator said. "But we will of course monitor this very closely." Worried about the pandemic, she said all the time. "It's been a really tough year and a half and I don't think we should forget, even as we approach summer, how difficult the situation has been for our young people." She said her crisis team had been meeting through the holidays because of preparations for the new school year. Before school starts, there will also be a meeting of the hygiene advisory board and a meeting with the medical officers.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Thursday, 22. July 2021 14:53 Uhr

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