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COVID-19: Romanian Schools, Universities To Stay Shut Until September

Marian Raduna (C), provides directions to the volunteers of “Geeks for democracy”, a Romanian NGO, earlier than they ship meals and hygiene merchandise to nursing houses, purchased from donators monetary help, as a part of the civil society effort to assist aged and weak folks in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, in Bucharest April 25, 2020. Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP.

 

Faculties, kindergartens and universities will stay closed in Romania for the remainder of the educational yr due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, President Klaus Iohannis stated Monday, with a re-opening deliberate for September.

“We gave up on the idea of reopening schools. It would be impossible, for example, for students to respect social distancing rules, so we are trying to avoid major risks,” Iohannis stated throughout a televised speech.

An exception will likely be made for college students within the remaining yr of main and secondary faculties who, for ten days in June, will likely be allowed to attend lessons in an effort to put together for remaining exams.

Over the approaching months, as a substitute of going to highschool college students will proceed to participate in distance studying programmes.

Schooling Minister Monica Anisie determined final week that on-line lessons be made obligatory, a measure criticised by college students’ associations.

“Hundreds of thousands of students don’t have access to digital instruments and cannot take part in online classes,” the Nationwide Council of College students stated in a press release, calling the measure “discriminatory”.

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Romania is likely one of the poorest nations within the European Union, with 38 p.c of youngsters liable to social exclusion and poverty, in keeping with Eurostat.

The nation has up to now reported 11,339 infections of the brand new coronavirus, and 631 deaths.

Two months after it was introduced in, the nation’s state of emergency will likely be lifted on Could 15, when restrictions on motion will finish, however carrying a face masks will change into obligatory on public transport and in different enclosed public areas.

AFP

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