“I definitely recommend continuing with distance learning,” Aab told the ETV morning program “Terevisioon”. He said schools have a variety of ways in which they can educate their children. It might be possible to consult students who are experiencing difficulties due to problems caused by distance learning, the minister noted.
Regarding who should make the decision, Aab said the school administration should do it. If it is decided that the holidays will begin on December 14th, an indication should be given of when the missed lessons will take place. In this case, the academic year would probably have to end later in June next year.
“We are sending a clearer guide for schools. We recommend continuing with distance learning and dealing with students who have been most affected by distance learning. It is now the schools’ decision to look at how it is possible to make up for the shortcoming.” said the minister said.
Aab said all schools have closed as the number of cases increases everywhere. Crisis commissions recommend the closure of schools across Estonia.
He said that when high schools in Ida-Viru and Harju counties closed, the number of cases among students decreased, but now cases among younger children are increasing. This was one of the reasons school attendance was stopped for all students across the board.
In addition, it is easier to organize school work when the schools are completely closed, the minister said.
Regarding what will happen after Jan 10, when school holidays end, Aab said the current procedure will definitely not stay in place. He expressed hope that distance learning would make it possible to lower the infection rate and restore schoolwork in the New Year. However, the ministry is still considering things and preparing for January, he added.
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