The Minister of Education, Jaime Perczykratified this Tuesday that there will be full and careful attendance at universities across the country during the 2022 school year and insisted on the need to achieve the greatest possible vaccination against the coronavirus.
“This is the commitment that we had signed at the end of the year with the rectors and the rectors of the universities to guarantee face-to-face attendance in the first quarter of this year and today we have the sanitary conditions to achieve it,” he stressed.
The head of the educational portfolio stressed that the national government “is clear that the public university is a development platform and one of the proposals that Argentina has to find a better and more federal path of social justice with work, with production, with science, and with knowledge.”
With teachers and directors of Marcos Paz, Ituzaingó, Florencio Varela and Quilmes we analyze how they worked during virtuality and how they prepare for the start of the school year with full attendance. These meetings will be repeated with the 24 jurisdictions. pic.twitter.com/Llx3mOpUdR
— Jaime Perczyk (@jaimeperczyk) February 15, 2022
Perczyk, the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzettiand the secretary of University Policies (SPU), Oscar Alpas, led this Tuesday at the Sarmiento Palace a meeting in mixed modality, in which the protocol to be adopted for face-to-face classes was analyzed with the rectors of the universities and union representatives, which was approved by the Federal Council of Education and that of Health unanimously to apply also in schools, according to an official statement.
In addition, he advanced that “also we want to improve infrastructure conditions to recover teaching spaces from the human and the building”.
“We believe that the Argentine university is in one of the most important places of response to the pandemic and we must guarantee the right to education and training of thousands of young Argentine men and women throughout our country,” he concluded.
“This is the commitment that we had signed at the end of the year with the rectors of the universities to guarantee face-to-face attendance in the first quarter of this year and today we have the sanitary conditions to achieve it.”Jaime Perczyk
For his part, Vizzotti assured that “the work that is being done is essential, especially with a great deal of consensus and interaction between the two ministries” and stressed that “at this time he calls us to move forward and present a work proposal for the future, which has been much discussed and analyzed; with a lot of listening, with a federal gaze and with experts from different disciplines”.
Meanwhile, the secretary of University Policies remarked that “this meeting between both portfolios, the universities and the unions, allows us to generate joint actions to build a start of classes with safe presence”.
“We arrived here with a large percentage of our population vaccinated thanks to the enormous effort of the national State. We must deepen this process by strengthening the health areas of each university and its link with the community,” said Alba.
During the meeting, various axes were discussed: the presentation of vaccination data in the general population and in national universities; the Safe Classrooms Protocol approved by the Federal Health and Education Councils; the vaccination plan in universities for Covid-19 and the Adult Vaccination System; the strengthening work in Health areas, the Certified Training of vaccination; and the Healthy Universities strategy.