There is only one trimester left to finish this second year of school, hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Education authorities have already started thinking about the following year and one of the goals is to make sure that students are also vaccinated against the virus.
“We hope that vaccines can also be validated for our students and from there return to regularity through face-to-face classes,” said Cochabamba Education Director Iván Villa.
It’s about a feeling that is replicated in other departments to be more secure when you return to class, face-to-face. In Cochabamba alone, 555,000 students in regular, technical and university education were vaccinated.
On the other hand, it can be noted that over 80 percent of teachers are already vaccinated. There is also a similar percentage of educational units in face-to-face and blended classes. However, positive cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Cochabamba and Beni.
Falls in Beni and Cochabamba
Three teachers and seven students tested positive for Covid-19 in a school in the southern area of Cochabamba, the department’s urban teachers reported. In Beni, the education authorities have meanwhile suspended classes in the facility where two students suffer from the disease. They urge the authorities to reconsider the modalities in light of a slight increase in cases in the department.
The teacher in Cochabamba, Norma Barrón, assured that, despite the efforts of teachers and parents, there are no conditions for face-to-face teaching.
“The return to the classroom was at the end of July and although we attended the case of three teachers in a school, we assume there are more cases like this. Regarding the three teachers, we fear that they infected a lot more, there are no conditions, the biosecurity protocol is not followed, so they have to change the modality, ”said Barrón.
He denounced that after learning of positive cases in an educational unit, the Cochabamba health service (headquarters) did not rake all students appropriately to rule out other possible infections.
For his part, Villa said a care protocol is applied to these types of outbreaks. It is a plan that will be perfected for its application in the next administration.
“We use biosecurity protocols so that if there are positive cases of Covid-19, classes are suspended for 14 days, if it’s just a course, just the course. But if it’s in more than two courses, they have to be exposed throughout the school, ”Villa concluded.
ALMOST 100% COMPOSED PRESENTIAL CLASSES
The Board of Directors of the National Confederation of Rural Education Teachers, Andrés Huayta, reported that nearly 100 percent of schools in rural areas have face-to-face teaching.
“We believe the vaccine reduced infection, in that sense nearly 95 percent of Bolivian rural teachings have returned to personal modality, except in some urban educational units,” Huayta reported.
He pointed out that the teachers were massively vaccinated. “So far we have about 90 percent of teachers who have been vaccinated, 10 percent would miss colleagues with underlying diseases,” he said.