“Open the schools”: Mauricio Macri demanded the resumption of face-to-face classes

“Open the schools”: Mauricio Macri demanded the resumption of face-to-face classes

Mauricio Macri asked that schools be opened 

Mauricio Macri demanded that “Open the schools” and called “the action” to parents who are concerned that classes were not resumed, who were asked to “Let’s not let the debate on education continue to be monopolized by union leaders who during the four years of our government have left children without classes for struggles that now seem to be abandoned.”

“In recent times they have become spokesmen for the government’s excuses and they have not been able to hide that their political interests are what guide their actions and they are above the needs of teachers and the right to learn of children, “said the former president in a statement published on social networks.

He stressed, however, that there is “Hundreds of thousands of teachers who in the last year have become” heroes without capes “, as they like to say to the new generations ”and said that“ their commitment and vocation allowed to continue with the learning despite the distances and difficulties ”.

Macri criticized the Government because “it insists on conditioning the return to classes to the epidemiological situation”, but “everything is allowed, except the entrance of our boys to the classrooms ”, and he warned that this “responds to an order of priorities that must be reversed immediately if we really want to build a prosperous future with opportunities for young people.” “We will lose the potential of a generation of young people if the classrooms remain empty”, said.

Macri criticized the Government and the teacher unionists for the lack of face-to-face classes

Macri criticized the Government and the teacher unionists for the lack of face-to-face classes 

He stressed that “a new year has begun and the definitions on the opening of schools are still unresolved”, although, he recalled, “since last November the World Health Organization (WHO) has defended the need to keep schools open because It has been proven that children and adolescents are not main vectors of contagion and are more likely to contract the virus outside the school environment than inside, in addition to the already known secondary effects that confinement produces on their mental health ”.

For the former president, “The City of Buenos Aires demonstrated that it is possible to open schools, respecting the protocols and recommendations established by the Ministry of Health” and considered that “This path is the one we hope the Province of Buenos Aires will take, who has the enormous responsibility of educating 5 million children – practically half the country.

“Many mothers and fathers from different provinces with whom I have spoken in recent months told me that they want their children to go back to school and, what is worse, they do not understand why this does not happen if “everyone is on the street” -he pointed-. Beyond the logical fear of possible risks, it is they who are clearer about the importance of their children’s education, even more so after a year being involved like never before with their learning ”.

According to Macri, “they say that we must learn from everything and this pandemic has taught us more than one lesson,” after which he stated that “The debate on individual freedoms and State intervention has intensified and, sadly in our country, the pendulum swung towards one that limits citizens in their mobility, but also in universal rights such as access to education.”

According to Macri, the boys "are more likely to contract the virus outside of the school setting than within"

According to Macri, boys “are more likely to contract the virus outside the school environment than inside” 

“I hope that together we will regain our individual rights by holding back a state that seeks to make temporary control permanent. And in that defense, education and children must come first ”, concluded the former president.

The full text of the declaration, entitled “Open the schools”, is the following:

“A new year has begun and the definitions on the opening of schools are still unresolved. The national government authorities insist on conditioning the return to classes to the epidemiological situation, even when since last November the World Health Organization (WHO) defends the need to keep schools open because it has been proven that children and adolescents are not main vectors of contagion and are more likely to contract the virus outside the school setting than inside. In addition to the already known secondary effects that confinement produces on your mental health.

“I have no doubt that the vast majority of Argentines await this news; because we look around us and we are fully aware that everything is allowed, except for our children to enter the classroom. This responds to an order of priorities that must be reversed immediately if we really want to build a prosperous future with opportunities for young people. We will lose the potential of a generation of young people if the classrooms remain empty.

“The City of Buenos Aires demonstrated that it is possible to open schools, respecting the protocols and recommendations established by the Ministry of Health. That path is the one we hope the Province of Buenos Aires will take, which has the enormous responsibility of educating 5 million children – practically half the country.

“We have hundreds of thousands of teachers who in the last year have become“ heroes without a cape ”, as the new generations like to say. His commitment and vocation allowed him to continue with the learning despite the distances and difficulties.

Macri highlighted that “the City of Buenos Aires demonstrated that it is possible to open schools" and asked that the same be done in the Province of Buenos Aires

Macri stressed that “the City of Buenos Aires demonstrated that it is possible to open schools” and asked that the same be done in the Province of Buenos Aires
 

“Many mothers and fathers from different provinces with whom I have spoken in recent months told me that they want their children to go back to school and, what is worse, they do not understand why this does not happen if“ everyone is in school. Street”. Beyond the logical fear of possible risks, they are the ones who are clearer about the importance of their children’s education, even more so after a year being involved as never before with their learning.

“It is for these reasons that I want to call you to action. Do not let the debate on education continue to be monopolized by union leaders who during the four years of our government have left children without classes for “struggles” that now seemed to abandon. In recent times, they have become spokesmen for the government’s excuses and have not been able to hide that their political interests are the ones that guide their actions and are above the needs of teachers and the right to learn of children.

“They say that we must learn from everything and this pandemic has taught us more than one lesson. The debate on individual freedoms and State intervention has intensified and, sadly in our country, the pendulum swung towards one that limits citizens in their mobility, but also in universal rights such as access to education.

“I am hopeful that together we will regain our individual rights by holding back a state that seeks to make temporary control permanent. And in that defense, education and children must come first”.

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