Minister of Education Mila Carovska stated that the Ministry of Education and Science is in constant coordination with the Ministry of Health and the Commission for Infectious Diseases on the ways and forms of functioning of the education system in a period of pandemic.
Answering a media question whether the winter break will continue after January 20, when students should start the second semester, Carovska said that as a ministry they re-evaluate the situation and have all other scenarios available.
Carovska stressed that in the best interest of children, their mental health and the need for socialization, is for them to attend in-person classes because, as she stressed, schools should be closed last and opened first, and that is a recommendation not only to our educational experts, but also to international organizations such as the World Bank and UNICEF.
“We showed that the students attended in-person classes successfully in the first semester, there was no higher number of COVID infected than 0.2 percent total active throughout the country of 255 thousand students that attend in-person classes, and on a daily basis there was no higher percentage of 0.03. That indicated stability of the situation and that is why we successfully completed the first half of the school year,” said Carovska.