The government determines which classes in the cities will be virtual

The school year in the countryside will start on February 1 under the virtual modality in the cities due to the increase in Covid-19 infections, while in the countryside it will be assessed whether they will be carried out semi-in person or face to face, the said Minister of Education yesterday: Education, Edgar Pary.

“At this point, it absolutely has to be removed only in urban contexts,” while “in rural contexts we will coordinate,” Pary, who is recovering from Covid-19, said at a virtual news conference.

The minister mentioned that the priority first is to start teaching in the school system in person, although that intention has changed due to the fourth wave, which broke historical records of daily infections with over 14,000 cases the previous day.


The start of classes in suburban and rural areas in mixed or face-to-face forms will depend on “every context,” so the health ministry will work in coordination with regional education directorates, teachers and municipalities, the agency said.

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Pary pointed out that the “free virtual platform” will be enhanced by educational resources that need to be ready when classes start, which will be “friendly” for teachers and students to use.


The official urged parents to have their children vaccinated, as only this could “guarantee face-to-face classes in the future” and indicated that at the moment it was not possible to “risk” the use of a partially or totally open modality.


For the fourth wave, the Department of Education has also ordered schools to use “flexible schedules” to avoid crowds when enrolling new students, which begins next Monday, which is only required for the first courses of elementary and secondary school.


The minister clarified that the increase in pensions in private educational units has not yet been approved and that parents, together with the directors of these institutions, need to consider reducing monthly payments due to the fact that students do not attend classes in person.

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He confirmed that private schools and the Ministry of Education will meet today to decide on pension increases.

“That depends on the meeting tomorrow (Friday). Tomorrow we will announce whether or not there will be a staggering of monthly payments,” he said.

The agency recommended that students and parents go to vaccination centers to protect their health.

Covid cases reach 14,160

Bolivia yesterday reported 14,160 new cases of Covid-19, setting a new record for daily infections alongside 46 deaths as the country navigates an ongoing fourth wave.

With yesterday’s records, the country surpassed the peak number of infections reached on Wednesday, when 14,063 cases were reported.

The region with the most cases was Santa Cruz, which was hardest hit by the pandemic at 4,137; although other departments such as Cochabamba and La Paz are holding unprecedented levels with 2,407 and 2,129 infections respectively.

Tarija reached 1,879; Chuquisaca, 1,565; Oruro, 1.105; Potosi, 637; Beni, 267, and Pando, 34.


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