Next August, the Ministry of Universities will meet with the rectors, on the one hand, and the regional governments – at the General Conference on University Policy – to assess whether there is herd immunity and possible outbreaks of the pandemic, but if the situation does not get worse, the campuses will reopen in their entirety. “The idea is that the University next year will be face-to-face with extraordinary measures,” stressed Minister Manuel Castells this Wednesday at a joint press conference with Minister Isabel Celaá to present the investment of European funds in education.
“Next year the course depends on the Indian variant and the social discipline. The idea is that it is in person with the precautionary measures that we have, because we are not going to abandon the mask, the windows are going to open, there will be physical distance … The pandemic has not ended ”, the minister recalled. This course, universities have mostly opted for hybrid formats, in which students follow a large part of the classes from home and come to the campus for practices or some lessons in which half of their peers watch remotely.
Castells has also emphasized that the exams will be face-to-face this June, with a specific protocol designed by the Ministry of Health after the tensions that arose in January between the minister and the rectors due to the images of agglomerations that were disseminated on the networks.
Regarding the vaccination of university professors who monitor selectivity, Castells has expressed his concern, but has argued that the measure is the responsibility of the Government but not his ministry. Other groups have demanded that Minister Carolina Darias be immunized. Secondary teachers, who also monitor and correct the EVAU, have received at least the first dose. Non-university teachers were one of the first groups to be vaccinated.
Regarding the plans for schools and institutes, Minister Celaá has advanced that next Wednesday she will meet with the regional governments and evaluate how they face the next course. Politics has recalled that only Sweden and Spain have managed, thanks to their “extreme” prevention measures, to keep classrooms open. “Spain has the honor of having only been with a maximum of 2% of the classrooms quarantined in the worst moments.”