Three ministers advocate full opening of secondary education

Secondary school students and MBO students should be able to go to school every day after the May holidays. The ministers Koolmees (Social Affairs), Hoekstra (Finance) and Vant Wout (Economic Affairs) advocate this, according to released cabinet documents.

Students now receive physical education for at least one day a week. They would, according to the ministers, be able to go back to school fully if the distance rule is released. The administrators point out that young people aged 13 to 17 do not have to keep a distance of 1.5 metres from each other except at school.

According to Koolmees, Hoekstra and Vant Wout, arrears that pupils suffer can lead to permanent damage. Students do not reach their level and that ultimately has adverse consequences for their job opportunities, productivity and income. Ultimately, this has โ€œnegative permanent effects on the economyโ€.

The vision of the three ministers is contained in the explanatory statement of the Cabinets decision to open higher education one day a week on Monday. These documents also state that the cabinet as a whole has asked the Outbreak Management Team for advice on the further opening of secondary education.

Not enthusiastic

The OMT thinks its too early to let go of the 1.5 meters in secondary schools and MBOs in mid-May. According to the experts, this step is probably best in line with the simplifications on the table at the end of May. โ€œBut much depends on how much and at what speed the number of infections will decrease,โ€ says the OMT.

The Cabinet writes that it โ€œcontinues to monitorโ€ the epidemiological situation, so there is a possibility that secondary schools can be opened in mid-May.

Trade union CNV Education is mildly not enthusiastic. โ€œWorthless and ridicule,โ€ the union calls the idea of the three ministers. The CNV points out that there are hardly any educational staff vaccinated and that classrooms are still poorly ventilated. The General Education Association also does not agree with the proposal. โ€œWe find it responsible if the OMT considers it responsible.โ€