STA, November 11, 2021 – Students who do not want to wear masks or self-tests will learn from home according to the new rules, which will take effect on November 15, said State Secretary at the Ministry of Education Damir Orehovec on Thursday, after schools expressed concerns about the lack of law. basis for action against those who break the rules.
The announcement of a new stricter prevention regime for primary and secondary schools, under which all pupils will have to be tested three times a week on school premises, has been welcomed by school leaders as to how this is done and how schools should respond in the event of opposition. from students or parents.
In fact, a civic initiative opposing masks and child testing today unveiled a petition against the new measures, signed by 43,000 people, and called on the education minister, the Covid-19 working group and the National Institute of Public Health to stop government implementation immediately. decree.
Orehovec said earlier this week that new rules are being introduced to keep schools open. “The most vulnerable groups are entering schools and kindergartens and our ministry needs to make sure that everyone involved – including children and youth and staff – is in a safe environment where they can be educated and where they can work,” he said.
Yesterday, the principals’ association proposed that students from 1st to 5th grade and those with special needs be tested at home, noting that self-testing for others could be organized on school premises.
Meanwhile, high schools said they expect problems as they do not have special rooms where self-testing could take place, or rooms where students with positive tests could be placed to isolate them.
Orehovec said today that only children with special needs will have the opportunity to be tested at home.
New, stricter preventive measures are being introduced in Slovenia, as the epidemiological situation in the country continues to be a cause for concern, and hospitals are overburdened with Covid-19 patients, including in intensive care.