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It is a study that an NGO did. They estimate that there are no biosecurity measures for the protection of children, teachers and other workers in the schools.

The director of the NGO Observatorio Vecinal, the former councilor of Baruta Omar Villalba, reported that from a survey of 250 parents and representatives in the Metropolitan Area of Caracas (AMC), 90.2% of them agree that there are no conditions to take their children to class to start the upcoming 2020-2021 school year in Venezuela due to the coronavirus.

According to a press release reproduced by the media Talcualdigital, Villalba considers as an “irresponsibility” to force the start of classes in person without the schools having biosecurity measures for the protection of children, teachers and other workers on campus.

He stressed that of the universe consulted, 81.3% believe that the measure of teaching distance classes to students with the online method it is not the most suitable because the capacity to carry out this undertaking does not exist, while it indicated that 69.6% of parents would not be willing to send their children to educational facilities for the blended program.

Finally, Omar Villalba detailed that 86.9% of respondents considers that the educational establishments are not in conditions of infrastructure and public services to resume academic activities.

Since the State of Alarm was decreed in Venezuela in mid-March, any activity that involves meetings or concentrations of people in closed spaces were discarded to prevent the spread of covid-19 in the country, so face-to-face classes, as well as museums, parks, cinemas and activities in offices were prohibited until further notice.

However, on August 26, President Nicolás Maduro said that they would study the possibility of returning to face-to-face classes combining it with the 7 x 7 scheme (seven days of radical quarantine, versus seven days of flexibilization), where on days where there would be no isolation, students could attend schools for pedagogical assistance.

Despite this, the Ministry of Education made an online consultation to find out the position and opinions of parents, representatives and teachers regarding the proposal to start the academic period, where it was obtained as a result that there was a tendency to NOT start the activities of the school year in October in the blended format, and they agreed on the need to provide care through advice or guidance to middle school, technical and adult students, especially in training areas that generate critical knots such as: mathematics , physics, chemistry, English or others that warrant it, including practical areas and laboratories.

In that meeting held virtually with all private and public organizations in the sector, the Minister of Education, Aristóbulo Istúriz reaffirmed that the start of the school year would be on September 16 and the remote mode will be maintainedTherefore, they will implement the transmission of 12 programs through the VTV and VIVE channels, and continue to use the Every family, a school platform, where the texts of the Bicentennial Collection and other learning resources should be available.

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