This is the percentage of students who are absent from primary school

"In cooperation with organized parents, we have before us this challenge, to keep schools open and safe"

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At 1,93% the percentage of absences recorded yesterday due to non-implementation of measures against coronavirus in primary school children.

According to the Minister of Education, Prodromos Prodromou 98% of the new measures are implemented without any problems. In particular, if children who are absent from school due to the pandemic, ie those who are either in close contact or infected with the disease, are removed, it appears that the remaining children are almost entirely, at a rate of almost 90%, in all provinces attend schools. In more detail, 89% of children showed up for school yesterday, while around 9% are justifiably absent - either due to the pandemic or for other reasons, as always happens - and thus in a total of 47,232 students and elementary school students we have only a few dozen children whose parents try to send them to school without the protective mask.

Specifically, Mr. Prodromou stated in his statements: "I would like to inform, in relation to discussions that take place in public, that seeking to have open and safe schools, for a few days now, the Primary Schools have been operating, implementing the latest Decisions. and what is provided in the Decree issued on the basis of the Infection Law. A decree, which aims to protect the health of children in schools, the health of our teachers and all staff working in schools but also to contribute to collective health, while ensuring that schools can remain in operation by attending in person.

After these first days, the data show that all the children of Primary Education come to schools, implementing the measures, which we needed to adopt. That is, periodic testing with a rapid antigen detection test and the use of a face mask.

I want to reiterate that the desire and the will of the Government and the Ministry is not to bother the children. On the contrary, we take care, according to the recommendations of medical experts, to protect their health. I do not think that any parent would want their child to be ill and unaware that he or she has contracted the disease in order to care for it or would like to send the child to school by transmitting coronary heart disease to other children and therefore to homes. other people.

Through a very close collaboration with the school principals and our teachers, whom I want to thank, but also in collaboration with the organized parents, we have this challenge in front of us, to keep schools open and safe. I believe that we can do it, taking into account that during the previous school year in our country we had secured to a very large extent physical education. Cyprus was one of the 2-3 countries in the EU that had less recourse to distance education. "Because, even though we have made great strides in digital equipment, digital technology and distance education, it remains true that nothing completely replaces the normal operation of physical schools."