"The color of the traffic light does not matter, private schools are now opening," said the president of the National Association of Private Schools, despite the official instruction to postpone the measure.
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Eleven months after the decision to close all schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Private Schools of the Mexican Republic (ANFE-ANEP) reported that they will resume classroom teaching on March 1st. This regardless of the status of the epidemiological traffic light or the official regulations.
Mexican authorities are proposing a gradual return to the classroom, starting with states that are green or less at risk. However, ANFE-ANEP stated that they will take action for the reopening this 2020-2021 school year.
"It is critical that directors, teachers and parents initiate personal educational activities to address the new challenges and new living conditions of society created by the pandemic and caused other crises," said the National Association of Private Schools it's a statement.
“The state has violated society's rights, especially in the field of education. They do not realize that they are violating the right to health, there are emotional, mental, obesity and all kinds of disorders in students, ”said Alfredo Villar Jiménez, President of ANFE-ANEP, at a press conference.
"The color of the traffic light does not matter, the private schools are opened," said Villar Jiménez.
However, he made it clear that the return is voluntary for schools as well as parents and students. "Very respectable also parents who do not want to send them and who will be at a distance," added the club manager.
What commitments would private schools and parents make upon return to school to limit infection? Alfredo Villar, President of @ anfeanep1, speaks to @estelalivera about this issue in # RutaADN40 by @ adn40 https://t.co/kbQPVFprJe pic.twitter.com/HuoNDKGq73
– Adriana Delgado Ruiz (@AdriDelgadoRuiz) February 22, 2021
So they plan to return to the private school classrooms
The association made it clear that "all health precautions are taken both at home and in schools". This follows the hygiene protocols of the Secretaries of Health and Education.
"Everything will be tied to the rule of law, where violated rights are restored and enjoyment guaranteed. The support of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), governors and state education secretariats is requested," he told Villar Jiménez, adding that if they are subject to sanctions or fines, and appeals are lodged.
You are looking for a dialogue with the SEP
The President of ANFE-ANEP pointed out that now that Delfina Gómez is the incumbent, they see more opportunities to reach an agreement with the SEP.
“We are currently in contact and are trying to have direct contact with the new Minister of Education. We couldn't do this. We wanted classes to start in February, but there was no change of secretary. Esteban Moctezuma was very closed, he didn't want to open up to dialogue and we couldn't reach an agreement, "said Villar.
ANFE-ANEP confirms that the closure of schools for almost a year has led to an education crisis whose "recovery will take between six and ten years". They believe the federal administration's plan, which begins by August, would exacerbate the crisis and student backwardness.
An estimated 20,000 private schools have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic after losing nearly 40% of their students.