World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 19 Mar, 2021 07:45 am

With rising levels of infection in Germany, resistance to school openings grows

With rising levels of infection in Germany, resistance to school openings grows
Within the space of a fortnight the government’s reopening policy has led to an exponential rise in the number of infections and deaths, along with broad and fierce opposition from teachers, students, parents and school staff, who fear a further round of mass deaths.

The initiative of the schools in Hesse and NRW was enthusiastically welcomed on social media by parents and other teachers.” In fact, the widespread resistance by teachers, parents and school administrators quickly threatened to get out of hand, compelling some cities and districts to publicly criticise the return to in-person teaching.” In Dortmund, NRW’s third-largest city, opposition among teachers and parents was so pronounced that Mayor Thomas Westphal (Social Democratic Party, SPD) addressed the press on Tuesday, saying: “We firmly believe that it makes absolutely no sense to open schools at the moment.Independent action committees must be established, composed of—and democratically controlled by—students, teachers, parents and school staff.

Within the space of a fortnight this policy has led to an exponential rise in the number of infections and deaths, along with broad and fierce opposition from teachers, students, parents and school staff who fear a further round of mass deaths.” Both students and parents have overwhelmingly expressed “clear and unequivocal support for the continuation of online teaching,” the letter states, referring to surveys conducted by the school parents’ council.

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