Croatia: Small number of students in school after mitigation of measures against COVID-19

Zagreb- After two months of distance learning, lower grade students who are not able to attend classes from home have returned to school in Croatia on Monday, under strict epidemiological measures, reports Anadolu Agency (AA).

According to the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the third phase of easing epidemiological measures, which began on 11 May, envisages enabling the work of preschool institutions and classroom teaching from 1st to 4th grade and special classrooms and working with children with disabilities who have an assistant. in teaching.

Distance learning is still organized for students who attend classes from home. For students from the first to the fourth grade, the School on the Third is organized on HRT, and for higher grades online, in virtual classrooms, but also on the program of Sports Television and RTL 2. Online teaching is also conducted at higher education institutions.

– In Zagreb, most students returned to their desks –

On the eve of the third phase of the easing of epidemiological measures, which came into force on May 11, the Ministry of Science and Education (MZO) announced the return of about 4,500 students from 1st to 4th grade to school. However, according to available data from the Croatian Teachers’ Union (SHU), collected in 551 schools, classes in schools throughout the Republic of Croatia are attended by slightly less than 3,000 students, more precisely 2,772 or 1.77 percent of the total number of students, without data for Istria County. .

According to the SHU, the largest number of students attend classes in Zagreb, 1,084 of the total of 31,693 lower grade students, which is 3.42 percent.

One of such Zagreb schools is the Elementary School Lovre pl. Matačić, in which classes from 1st to 4th grade are attended exclusively by students whose parents have no possibility to leave them at home, ie when both parents are employed and cannot provide adequate care for children during classes, says principal Tomislav Milek.

Elementary school Lovre pl. Before the declaration of the epidemic in Croatia, Matačić was attended by 365 students, of which 190 were primary school students. And, as of Monday, 12 of them attend classes at this school.

“We currently have 12 students in two groups. One group is 1st and 2nd grade together, and the other is 3rd and 4th. Of these, six students remain in extended stays until 4 p.m. Classes are held in two classrooms, in each classroom there is a class teacher with one group of children. They do mixed classes, which means that part of the classes are held through the HRT service for classroom teaching, which means they follow lessons via TV, part of the teachers do it directly with students, and part they receive from other teachers, teachers of English, religion and music by e-mail. and these are tasks that they have to do and then solve the tasks at home “, said director Milek.

Milek points out that these are mixed classes in which the curriculum of students who are at home coincides with those who are in school.

“I think the school is very well organized. The Ministry agreed on very good recommendations and instructions. Our school participated in the pilot project of introducing e-teaching in schools, so for three years we have been using all online services and digital tools that are now needed for this teaching, so it was not a problem for us to switch to this type of teaching, “said Milek .

Director of the Elementary School Lovre pl. Matačić believes that students will not have too many problems and gaps in knowledge, as classes will be able to end with legitimate and legal certificates and grades that he believes will be adequate to the demonstrated knowledge of students.

“The City of Zagreb has provided all the necessary equipment: masks, gloves, disinfectants for students and staff. We don’t lack in anything and we hold up very well, I have to admit “, concludes Milek.

Principal Milek expects that classes for the upper grades of primary school will be completed online because he believes it makes no sense for all students to return to school 4 to 5 weeks before the end of the school year.

– Strict epidemiological measures –

The instructions for prevention and suppression of the COVID-19 epidemic of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) recommend that preschool and school institutions stay at home with children and staff with chronic diseases or in contact with chronic patients.

“We encourage all children for whom this can be provided to stay at home, given that the number of children in kindergartens and schools may be such that measures of physical distance in these groups will not be able to be respected. As distance learning will continue, we encourage the continued education of primary school children from home, in all situations where possible. The work of the institution must be organized in such a way as to ensure as much as possible social distance (physical distance) as well as enhanced personal hygiene and hygiene of the space, “said HZJZ.

Physical distance of at least two meters indoors is carried out separately by employees in relation to other employees, and it is recommended to maintain this physical distance whenever possible between employees and children, with the exception of child care which is carried out as soon as possible.

Parents and guardians bring and take their children to the institutions in question in such a way that, if at all possible, they do not enter the institution except as a last resort, but reach the entrance keeping a distance of at least two meters to other parents, guardians and children.

From May 18, secondary schools will be opened exclusively for the implementation of practical exercises, additional classes, remedial and differential exams in secondary schools and the defense of the final thesis in secondary vocational schools, according to the Ministry of Science and Education (MZO).

The Ministry of Science, Education and Sports reports that all activities, despite the new circumstances, are carried out continuously, including the evaluation of students, and the school year will end at the dates previously planned, ie by June 26.

Anatolia / Balaknatimes.press

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