Schools in Germany will only open in exceptional cases

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The country froze in anticipation of the decisions of the conference of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of the 16 federal states, which will take place this Wednesday. Will concessions be accepted? Federal Minister of Education Anja Karlicek believes that the time has not come for the introduction of concessions.

According to Federal Education Minister Ani Karlicek, schools should be opened in the current situation only in exceptional cases. The normalization of schools “is probably too early, given the current epidemiological situation,” the minister said in an interview with the Funke media group.

According to the politician, it is possible to make a decision on the gradual opening of schools only in regions where the infection rate has been at a low level for a long period of time. In these regions, a phased return to “face-to-face education with a reduced number of children in classes and an adapted number of hours is possible.

A prerequisite for the beginning of the normalization of school work will be the observance of “very strict preventive measures” in schools. When she talks about opening, she mostly thinks “about the last grades and first grades of primary school in regions with very low infection rates,” Karlicek concluded. “There is also a need for proposals for children and young people who especially need support.”

The minister once again urged families to be patient. “After February 14, it is necessary to follow the development of the situation for at least one or two weeks. After that, a decision should be made on further actions, ”she said. “If the number of people infected is further reduced, there will be room for relaxation in schools and kindergartens.”

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