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Children’s rights activists ask for greater transparency on new Covid-19 cases in schools

The Ministry of Education should be more forthcoming about the transmission of Covid-19 in schools, which is causing concern in parents, according to Megjashi, the world’s first children’s embassy. The activists also ask that schools hold classes outdoors in good weather and introduce free mandatory PCR tests for staff and students to prevent new infections.

Skopje, 14 September 2021 (MIA) — The Ministry of Education should be more forthcoming about the transmission of Covid-19 in schools, which is causing concern in parents, according to Megjashi, the world’s first children’s embassy. The activists also ask that schools hold classes outdoors in good weather and introduce free mandatory PCR tests for staff and students to prevent new infections.

“We have been made aware by many parents, children, and other members of their families as well as teachers that in-person instruction has put the children’s, teachers’, and families’ health at high risk because of inadequately organized classes,” the Megjashi press release says.

According to the children’s rights activists, “the Ministry of Education’s non-transparency and lack of information regarding the number of active cases in schools has additionally fueled parental suspicions and anxiety.”

They expect from the national education experts and school principals “to take advantage of good weather, use their creativity and the benefits of their schoolyards and adapt part of their classes to be held outdoors so children can breathe free.”

Another measure they propose is to shorten classes, while also urging parents “to get actively involved and demand, through parents’ councils and school boards, better measures to correct the existing impractical protocols.”

“Parents, the quality of teaching under these extraordinary circumstances will depend on your mobilization, proactivity, and pressure,” the activists note.

According to Megjashi, a debate needs to start as soon as possible so the Law on Education can be updated to also allow parents the opportunity to homeschool.

Regarding possible vaccine mandates for children aged 12 and over, the children’s activists say each parent or guardian should make their own informed decision after consulting with a number of competent persons, considering the child’s health, talking about the vaccine with their child, and ultimately acting in the best interest of their child. mr/

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