The communities will do without the majority of the 35,000 reinforcement teachers when the health crisis passes
The educational community, which has seen this year how its historical claim to reduce the ratios materialized in many classes, does not want it to go back. "Bringing the templates to their meager expression before the pandemic is not the way," says Francisco García, CC OO's Secretary of Education. “First, because in September the health situation is not going to be normal. And then because during the PP government there were many cuts, and now the centers are experiencing greater slack that allows them to better serve the student body ”, he adds. Enrique Jabares, president of the Andalusian public school directors' association for infants and primary schools, adds that "the increase in teachers is giving good educational results." "Going back would be losing an opportunity," he continued.
The epidemiologist and pediatrician Quique Bassat does not believe that the health situation will allow the course to start normally, but perhaps by Christmas, he predicts, something similar could be achieved. “In September we can have a good part of the population vaccinated, I don't know if with herd immunity. But neither young people nor adolescents will be, so it is most likely that some measures will have to be maintained, even if we have a low incidence, ”he says.
Once those over the age of 12 are vaccinated—the Pfizer trial with adolescents has given very promising preliminary results—, Bassat believes that the scenario will be very favorable. In fact, the doctor considers that at that moment it may be considered that all students stop wearing a mask, including primary school students, who will not yet have been immunized. Completing the step of the pediatric age population (under 12) will require at least a few more months, continues Bassat, who hopes in any case that everyone will be immunized before the end of the course.
The educational centers could make as a condition to be able to access their facilities the fact that the students have been immunized (when the vaccine is already available), adds the epidemiologist. "That," he says, "is what you do now when there's a measles outbreak."