Parents demand reopening of schools in Peru

Lima, Aug 21 (EFE).- Hundreds of parents marched in Lima to demand that their children’s return to classrooms in Peru, after face-to-face classes were suspended in December 2019 and the government hesitant on lessons returning due to the fear of Covid-19.

“We are on the list that nobody wants to be on, the list of countries that have forgotten education, I think there are seven countries in the world (in addition to Peru) without opening schools and without plans to return,” Milagros Sáenz, spokeswoman for campaign group Volvamos a Clases Perú (Let’s Return to School), told EFE. Their movement organized the march.

The Covid-19 pandemic broke out in Peru in March 2020, when the school year was starting, and immediately then-President Martín Vizcarra ordered the closure of schools and universities, and remote education was launched nationwide.

More than 17 months after that measure, only 5,350 schools have allowed students to attend classes,amounting to 220,000 students out of a total of 8 million schoolchildren enrolled in 2019. EFE


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