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Covid-19: EU Schools faced with educational headache

The Spanish Education Ministry will pass all students in early education, primary, secondary and the first year of pre-university studies. Schools in Italy, Germany and France are faced also with the fall-out of the Corona crisis.

Published: April 18, 2020, 10:59 am

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    Spanish children have been confined to their homes for a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Because not all schools have the same resources Spanish daily El Paìs reported, educators have expressed concern that families with no access to technology could be punished.

    Italian children will not go back to school in May, Education Minister Lucia Azzolina told daily Corriere della Sera on Friday. Azzolina also said parental leave would be extended as well as a baby-sitter bonus to help families cope. The maturità school-leaving certificate exams should ideally take place at school, however.

    In Germany, former President of the German Teachers’ Association, Josef Kraus, has warned not to drop the Abitur – the final school exam – this year.

    Several German politicians and associations had called for the final exams to be suspended this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Meanwhile in France, the fear of contamination remains present.

    The date of the gradual deconfinement, May 11, also means a return to school. But the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer said: “Not all schools will be open on May 11.”

    Angry parents have denounced the date as far too early, according to them.

    A mother interviewed by L’Express complained: “We have the impression that we are asked to send our children to prison. And that is not possible […] How can we manage around twenty young children under these conditions? How does one apply barrier gestures, impose a meter distance between each student in a small class, prevent them from playing?”

    She added: “May 11, will be without me.” Regional daily Ouest-France also interviewed many parents, who say they will not send their offspring back to school.

    On social networks, the hashtag # SansMoiLe11Mai has gone viral. Parents fear a second wave of the disease in May if school resumes.

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