BERLIN (Dow Jones) – The President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Marcel Fratzscher, has not ruled out school closings in view of the increasing number of corona infections, but has seen this as the very last possibility. “Closing daycare centers and schools should be the very last option of the corona restrictions,” Fratzscher told Handelsblatt. “Because daycare and school closings place a heavy burden on families and cause significant economic damage through fewer working hours for parents and increasing inequalities in the educational system.”
If such an option becomes necessary, in Fratzscher’s view, politics should act “quickly and consistently”. Politicians should not repeat the mistake and introduce restrictions too late. “Politicians should have used the autumn break for a lockdown light and could have avoided much of the damage caused by the second wave of infections to health and the economy,” said the economist. If it should be necessary, politicians should now send schools and daycare centers to an early Christmas break.
The President of the Conference of Ministers of Education, the Rhineland-Palatinate Education Minister Stefanie Hubig (SPD), meanwhile, affirmed that schools and daycare centers should remain open as far as possible. All countries had “taken additional measures to make face-to-face teaching possible under Corona conditions,” she told the newspaper. Everything flows into the considerations, health and infection protection as well as the right to education. The goal is “to realize the right to education as long as possible in school and daycare”.
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November 12, 2020 7:56 AM ET (12:56 GMT)