Education: code red extended until the carnival holidays
THEa Minister of Education in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Caroline Désir (PS), in consultation with health experts and players in French-speaking education, decided on Thursday to extend the red code currently in force throughout compulsory education until ‘to’ during the Carnival holidays, which begins in mid-February.
The system applied since the end of October in all schools in Wallonia and Brussels remains fully applied. For all students up to and including Secondary 2, teaching is 100% face-to-face. But from Secondary 3 onwards, it is organized in a “hybrid” form, half in class, and the other half remotely.
A new meeting between actors and decision-makers will be held on January 22 to discuss, in the light of the evolution of the pandemic situation, a possible extension of the course suspension beyond the Carnival holidays.
“It is a possibility,” they say to Minister Désir’s office. “However, it would not be an extension of the Carnival leave, but rather to suspend the physical holding of the courses in favor of distance education”.
At the meeting on Thursday, health experts confirmed, on the basis of various scientific studies in their possession, that the school is in no way a driver of the epidemic. He was still called on time to discuss any deconfinement measure.
If the absence rates in schools, both for teachers and students, are low at the beginning of January, the possible spread of the new more contagious variant of the coronavirus calls for caution.
Faced with the growing problems of dropping out of school, Minister Desire also decided on Thursday to set up a think tank on this topic. This one should quickly make a series of proposals to fight against the phenomenon.