ZAGREB, November 16, 2020 – Education Minister Radovan Fuchs has said that his ministry is still of the view that one should not switch to online classes except in cases when the situation in a school requires it and when physical classes are not possible.
“The ministry has been monitoring the system of primary and secondary schools and still considers that one should not switch to online classes except when the situation in an individual school requires it,” the minister said, adding that online classes so far had been introduced in schools where the teaching and auxiliary staff had been reduced to such an extent that it had brought the holding of physical classes into question.
“We have been monitoring the situation closely and will act accordingly but one should not resort to any panicky decisions because that is the worst scenario,” he said.
He noted that no country had closed schools without applying stricter general measures and that there were cases where very stringent restrictions were in force but where schools functioned normally.
1,366 students, 549 school staff positive for coronavirus
The minister said that the latest data showed that 1,366 students and 549 school staff were positive for coronavirus, which was 81 fewer students than on Sunday, when a slight decrease was recorded also in relation to Saturday, and that the latest data also showed that 34 fewer teachers were positive for the virus.
“If the current trend stays, it will be good. We can’t speak of an abrupt decline, but we can say that the curve is relatively flat,” he said.