Controversy in Dominican Republic due to return to face-to-face classes | News

Doctors, teachers and other actors in the health and education sectors of the Dominican Republic maintain opposing views on the return to classes in face-to-face mode as of this Tuesday.


Alert about record of Covid-19 infections in the Dominican Republic

In the different provinces of the Caribbean country, the resumption of face-to-face classes has not been fully complied with when the Dominican Republic registers a growing number of new infections of Covid-19, due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

For the Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP), at the moment the conditions do not exist for the educational community to return to schools, due to the rebound in Covid-19 infections.

At a press conference, the president of the teachers’ union, Eduardo Hidalgo, yesterday called on educators not to return to classrooms until next Monday, January 31.

Hidalgo reported that after conducting a statistical survey on the health situation of the teachers in which 10,111 teachers participated, some 722 indicated that they are infected with the disease.

He also stated that 80 percent indicated that they had symptoms of Covid-19 or influenza.

According to local press reports, in the city of Santiago, teachers do not attend classrooms in Santiago to restart face-to-face teaching.

However, Marieta Díaz, Director of Education in Santiago, guaranteed that in schools the students and the teaching class are guaranteed the products recommended by Public Health for hygiene and protection.

In this sense, the president of the Dominican Medical College (CMD), Senén Caba, encourages students to return to schools, despite the fifth wave of coronavirus infections that has an impact on the national territory.

During an interview in the program Despierta con CDN, the specialist stressed that in addition to education, in the centers the children will receive the necessary care and guidance to follow the anti-coronavirus protocols.

However, both the Dominican Society of Pediatrics and that of Infectology recommend that the authorities postpone the return to face-to-face until the Covid-19 indicators decrease.

Under a biosecurity scheme, more than two million students in the public sector had planned to continue the 2021-2022 school year that began last September and aims to culminate in June-July of this year.

On several occasions the Minister of Education, Roberto Fulcar, reiterated the call to parents and guardians so that they voluntarily reintegrate their children at the restart of classes, however, teachers ask to reinforce the distance education method.

In addition, the director of the National Health System and member of the Health Cabinet, Mario Lama, favored the opening of schools and considered the decision positive, justifying that they will be safe in said spaces.

The Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic reported this Tuesday on 6,683 cases of covid-19 reported in the last 24 hours, a record of daily infections.

The last time such a figure had been recorded was on January 8, when 6,200 cases were reported.

According to the health portfolio bulletin, the daily positivity is 35.43% with a total of 469,065 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. However, in the last 24 hours, no deaths were reported, so the number of deaths associated with the disease remains at 4,255.