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Coronavirus: Ministers, primary teachers discuss measures

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How health protocols in schools can be adapted for the colder weather, the arrival of children to school in the morning and how to protect teachers that belong to sensitive groups were among the topics discussed between Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou and primary teachers union Poed, the ministry announced on Sunday.

The minister also spoke about the ongoing screening of teachers of all levels via rapid tests and how this programme will be expanded after the holidays by using school health visitors to carry out the tests.

He also spoke about evaluations which will be carried out for the first time of pupils in primary and pre-primary education.

The two sides also discussed and agreed to cooperate to complete a plan to evaluate pupils.

Prodromou said that in co-operation with the Educational Services Commission, the ministry is working to cover teaching needs stretched during the pandemic and that so far this school year, substitute teachers had been called upon 1,993 times in primary schools.

In a separate announcement on Saturday, the ministry said that on Friday 903 pupils were off school either because they had coronavirus or were close contacts of someone who did, which is 1.4 per cent of pupils. Also 85 teachers were at home for the same reason.

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