The branch organisation Kinderopvang is disappointed with the Cabinet decision not to give priority to employees in childcare when taking the coronavirus test. Employees of day-care centres who have cold-like complaints should also be considered, according to the branch organisation. Because waiting times are increasing, day-care centres are hardly able to complete their schedules anymore.
“We work with small children, so colds quickly catch on with the staff”, says spokesman Emmeline Bijlsma. “If the test times continue to increase, we won’t have people to be with the children. That means that children have to go home and their parents cannot go to work. That also applies to parents who work in education and care. If their children cannot go to childcare, they cannot go to work.
Bijlsma hopes that the Lower House will intervene. D66 has submitted a motion to also give childcare staff priority during testing. “It will be put to the vote on Thursday. So we hope that there will be a broad majority in the House of Representatives to support this motion and to call on the Cabinet to give priority anyway
Disappointment at senior secondary vocational education (MBO)
The Cabinet decided today that care workers and staff from primary and secondary education will be given temporary priority when a coronavirus test is taken. The reason is that the social consequences are considerable if primary and secondary children cannot attend school. Their parents often have to stay home from work. This concerns a total of 2.5 million pupils. “I hope that at the beginning of October everyone can be tested again,” says Minister De Jonge.
Personnel from MBO education do not qualify for priority. The disappointment is great. “It is particularly important in secondary vocational education that students are able to follow lessons at school,” says Adnan Tekin of the MBO Council. Practical education occupies an important place in senior secondary vocational education. In his opinion, this cannot be replaced by online education. He expects many lessons to fail if teachers have to wait a long time for a coronavirus test.
Care, primary and secondary education
The Netherlands Nurses & Nurses’ Association (VVN) is pleased that care workers are being given priority. “We have been advocating this since the summer,” says spokesman Gerton Heyne. “It is to be hoped that the testing capacity will soon be in order. As far as I’m concerned it’s going to be tomorrow, the sooner the better”
The sector organisation for primary education, the PO Council, is relieved that the priority has now been arranged. “Over the past few weeks, we have received emergency cries from all over the country”, says chairman Rinda den Besten. “Schools often have to send classes home for several days now because teachers are sitting at home waiting for a coronavirus test and the results. In some cases this takes up to five to six days. And schools were closed again because there were no more teachers. Fortunately, this will now be limited to a maximum of one to two days”
The sector organisation for secondary education, the VO Council, feels the same way. “We are satisfied with this Cabinet decision. Accelerated testing is necessary in order to prevent the unnecessary drop-out of teachers and to keep education running”, says chairman Paul Rosenmöller.