According to the Minister of Education, Maruja Gorday de Villalobos, it is planned - after the carnivals of 2022 - as a possible start date for the school year, on March 7.
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The minister announced that after verifying the vaccination statistics of the Government Innovation Authority (AIG), those inoculated against Covid-19 reach 97% of the administrative officials of the institution and 92% of teachers.
As for students from 12 to 18 years old, there are 51% of those vaccinated with the second dose, this includes those in sixth grade, an approximate of 307 thousand and many have already received the first inoculation. Between 55% to 65% are in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades, that is, 16, 17 and 18 years old, who seek to participate in other activities and that affects their being injected.
In rural areas there are more vaccinated students, although this is related to the open educational centers of San Miguelito, Chiriquí, Coclé, Herrera, Santiago (Veraguas) and Panamá Oeste in which there are more than 70% of open schools, which has been the model and is corresponding to the possibility of being vaccinated.
Gorday de Villalobos said that, as of today, 2,300 official and private educational centers are open. When it began in a blended form, on May 31, there were restrictions regarding the capacity of the gauges, they spoke of two meters. At this time, he referred to an accelerated and massive (positive) opening of schools.
“We are face-to-face [in schools], but with alternative modalities, because capacity is now restricted to a distance of one meter. As of October 1, 2,360 schools are open, of which 105 are private. The goal is to end the month with almost 80% of the schools open ”, he assured.
Regarding enrollment, for students who are going to enter the educational center for the first time, from pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and from first, sixth to seventh grade, in another school or another region, there will be pre-enrollment .
According to the official, it is planned - after the carnivals of 2022 - as a possible start date for the school year, on March 7. Educators will be on vacation until January 31st. It will start with the three weeks of adjustments. Academic recovery was extended to seven weeks, not three as it was before.
Children without uniforms cannot be turned away from schools or denied access to education. In grades one through nine, students will receive a complete packet of supplies, school supplies, and instructional guides. Not only to work on school grounds but to study and work at home.
About 14,300 students, as of August 30, have migrated from the private sector to the official sector and this migration has continued throughout the year.
The final decision regarding the return to face-to-face classes and the use of uniforms - the minister said - could be known next week, after the National Directorate of Parents meets with the confederation and the federation of guardians of the country.
Due to the growth of the student population registered in the township of Alcalde Díaz, the Escuela Unión Panamericana will start next 2022 as a general basic education center, announced the Minister of Education, in a meeting held with teachers and parents.
Currently, sixth grade enrollment exceeds 150 students and, to provide greater comfort to students, Meduca will begin the installation of six school modules and the rehabilitation of the existing structure in order to guarantee a safe return to classes the next term. academic.