Mexico City / 15.08.2021 11:24:49
The Catholic Church asked the government to have greater responsibility in returning to face-to-face classes, since it has caused controversies, dDue to the fact that it will occur in the middle of the third wave of covid-19.
“Particularly in the case of returning to class, there is also a responsibility in the educational authorities, whether of the Government or of the private initiative, in guaranteeing policies that protect students,” the institution said in its editorial in the weekly Desde la Fe.
The message of the Church is published in the midst of the controversy over the return to the classroom on August 30, which the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) has described as “imminent”.
The controversy escalated this week because the SEP announced that families who send their children to school sign a letter in which they acknowledge the risk of contagion, which these days exceeded the peak of the second wave of January.
Mexico does not have face-to-face classes, in general, since March 2020, which has affected more than 30 million students in the country, which has the fourth highest number of deaths from covid-19 in the world, with more than 248 thousand deaths and 3 million cases.
“Do I return to face-to-face classes or not? The ideal answer is yes, but with an effective care strategy, with an educational policy appropriate to the new scenarios,” the Church urged.
The Government has also aroused criticism because it has minimized the risk of infection from minors despite the advancement of the Delta variant.
“In the world there is no evidence of an epidemic due to covid-19 in minors,” said the Mexican government in an infographic that it disseminates on its social networks to justify the return to classes.
While President Andrés Manuel López Obrador argued that, “We have to take certain risks, like everything in life.”
Instead, the Church asked “to consider that the sector most affected at this time is those under 18 years of age, particularly those with underlying diseases and, of course, those who have not been vaccinated.”
The institution also recalled that more than 130 thousand Mexican children have been orphaned, one of the highest figures in the world, according to a study published in The Lancet.
“The proposal that we make (for the return to school) is to find solutions among all, exploring viable, adequate and urgent alternatives, according to the available resources of each family and each community of families,” concluded the Church.