Portugal is in a group of 19 in 30 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that included teachers and school assistants in priority groups for taking the vaccine against covid-19, according to a study released this week by entity.
As this Monday reported Public, in the report, the teachers’ vaccination process is evaluated with data from March 2021 and in an initial context of vaccine shortages, with records collected between March and December 2020 and based on a survey carried out in 34 of the 37 countries in the OECD.
In most of these countries, criteria have been established. In Portugal, vaccination started on March 27 by pre-school and primary school teachers. In Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia and Spain the criterion was defined according to the school level. Latvia, on the other hand, defined as a priority the pre-school and teachers of the special education.
Of the 19 countries that gave priority to teachers, the majority respected age, with Austria, Colombia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia and Latvia calling older teachers first. In the remaining 11 countries, the timetable is the same as for the rest of the population, or a decision on this matter has not yet been taken.
The study, which will continue for 2021, is also looking at the effects of the pandemic on learning. In some countries, examinations and evaluations have been canceled or postponed; others deepened the matter by reducing the disciplines; others used online classes to consolidate material and face-to-face classes to present new material; still others invested in the training of teachers and in a better use of spaces.
As of February 2021, only a third (30%) of 33 countries with comparable data had primary schools fully or partially open; a quarter (24%) of those same countries had the 2nd and 3rd cycles with schools running; and in 9% of these it was possible to have secondary school in face-to-face regime.
The study showed that, regardless of the incidence rate of covid-19, the more robust the education system is, the more likely it will be able to keep schools open. Belgium, England and France are among the countries with very high incidence rates, but where schools closed less than 50 days in 2020.
The document also revealed major differences between countries like Costa Rica or Colombia with schools closed on most business days between March and December 2020 and Denmark (under 20 days), Germany or New Zealand (with just over 20 days of closed schools).
Taísa Pagno //