Masks for pupils rule will be reconsidered

Saeima Mandate Commission will ask government to reconsider the introduction of face masks in primary schools, Latvian Television reported December 16.

In just a few days, 27,000 parents signed up against the new rules – mandatory use of face masks in schools from January. Opponents of the idea, both parents and teachers, said that younger children will not be able to use masks properly, making it difficult to perceive information and it will be much more difficult for educators to work.

“Teachers will not be able to listen to those who are afraid to start a conversation or speak quietly,” Olga Petkeviča, the author of the signature collection, said.

The responsible ministry explains that there is only one reason to wear masks – to ensure that lessons can take place on site long as possible and that grades 9 and 12 can also return to schools.

The use of masks is strongly recommended by doctors who stress that the health of the child is not endangered by masks.

The Members of the Commission were on the side of both mask supporters and opponents, while acknowledging the need to choose between masks or remote learning.

The Commission unanimously supported the proposal to ask the government to re-evaluate the decision on mandatory use of facial masks for primary school students.

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