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Minister of Education on return to classes: “We will have [horarios] morning, afternoon and, in extreme cases, night”

Lima, January 15, 2022Updated on 01/15/2022 11:42 am

The Minister of Education, Rosendo Serna, confirmed that school classes would begin the last week of March, with a full day. Along these lines, he announced that schedules will be implemented that could cover the night shift in “extreme cases” so that each educational institution can comply with the biosecurity protocol before the COVID-19 and cover the demand of students from private schools who will make their transfer to public educational centers.

When asked in RPP regarding whether public schools will be able to cover the reception of students from private educational centers who have migrated during the health emergency due to coronavirus, the official stated that this demand from schoolchildren yes it can be covered, but each educational institution will be in charge of developing a plan so that education reaches all students at the primary and secondary levels.

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“In emergency situations we have to adapt the educational institution, the conditions. We can open new shifts, see the situation of flexible hours. We have [turnos de] morning, afternoon even in extreme cases the night. The latter has not been presented yet, but the educational institution does the analysis and makes the decision, he pointed.

Regarding this issue, he said that the Education sector has proposed to the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) grant a budget to increase the temporary positions of teachers in order to cover the educational demand.

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“The important thing is that we have already raised with the MEF the situation of an additional one for the creation of temporary positions. Each region must make the respective costing to know how many teachers they need for the allocation of the budget and that will cover the concern of migration due to the transfer of private students to public ones”Serna added.

“We want to maintain the protocol that has been proposed, at least one meter away. We are going to guarantee the control of these classrooms and for this reason the surplus of students can allow taking turns or groups of the same section and raise the issue of making schedules. Each institution, based on what has been identified, must prepare its schedule of hours, especially at the secondary level because in primary it is more manageable, hence the whole package. Where more students are reported, we will have to form groups. That is up to each school.”, he remarked.

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Serna said that the educational service it will be a full day and not just four hours; however, he explained that the virtual modality will be as a complement.

The school day is in full terms, there will be no cuts. The subject could be complemented, in some cases with some complementary measures of a virtual education, but the school day is complete. About 35 hours per week for secondary, 30 hours per week for primary. The total number of hours in the year we have initial 900 hours, primary 1,100 and secondary 1,200. Here it is blunt education does not work for four hours here, it has to be a full day”, narrowed down

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