Peru is getting ready for face-to-face classes 2022 in universities and colleges, which would start during the first months of next year. However, some educational centers in Metropolitan Lima have already returned to the classroom, the same in other regions of the country.
In this note, we detail everything you need to know about the return to presence in regular basic education and higher education.
Have face-to-face classes already started in colleges and universities?
To date, more than 180 public and private schools in Lima have been taking blended classes, according to the Regional Directorate of Education of Metropolitan Lima (DRELM). Thus, in this region alone, more than 6,000 students returned to classrooms. Nationwide, 17,000 schools already receive students.
Carlos Gallardo, the Minister of Education, said that the presence has already started in some universities in some regions of Peru. Likewise, the rector of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) highlighted that, in her house of studies, a group of students makes use of laboratories, such as medical students.
When will face-to-face classes start in 2022?
According to Hugo Reynaga, advisor to the Minedu’s Pedagogical Management office, face-to-face classes in schools will begin in March 2022 on a mandatory basis, with 100% of the educational personnel, including teachers and administrators, vaccinated with two doses. In addition, priority will be given to returning to the classroom for students who are in the last year of high school (even from this 2021).
While the universities will also return in the same period, but gradually. The authorities will show greater ease for careers that use laboratories and need practical classes, such as medicine, engineering, among others. However, Jeri Ramón, rector of UNMSM, said that there are difficulties due to the lack of teachers.
Ministry of Education is getting ready for face-to-face classes. Photo: Minedu
Is back to school voluntary?
The Ministry of Education announced that regular basic education schools will return to face-to-face on a compulsory and massive basis in March 2022.
“Currently there are four principles about returning to face-to-face classes, which are safe, flexible, gradual and voluntary. With the new norm that we are working on, the principles of voluntariness and gradualism will no longer apply, therefore, it will be a massive and mandatory return for all”Hugo Reynaga told Andina.
In the case of higher education, public and private universities announced that the return will be gradual and it has not been specified whether it will be voluntary or mandatory. It should be noted that universities have autonomy to choose their decisions.
What if I don’t want to go back to face-to-face classes?
In case the student does not want to return to the classrooms, the Minedu enlists a monitoring mechanism for the students, in order for them to participate in the activities that the school has. Thus they will also make reports to see the progress of the students.
However, the entity stressed that the ideal is for the student to return to face-to-face, because learning is better. It should be noted that the pandemic increased connectivity gaps, school dropouts and mental health problems. According to Minedu, of 245,000 schoolchildren who interrupted studies, only 38% returned in 202. In 2022, more than 360,000 would be at risk.
Students drop out of classes as a result of COVID-19. Photo: The Republic.
Do I have to be vaccinated to go back to school?
Vaccination in Peru is for people over 12 years of age. Although vaccination is not mandatory, it is necessary that the largest number of the population be immunized, so that everyone is protected against the coronavirus. The Minsa, in addition, has already put restrictions.
Epidemiologists recommend that if a student (who is in the age range to be vaccinated) does not have their doses, it is better that they stay home, since not having their immunization can trigger serious cases. In the case of universities, the rector of San Marcos, Jeri Ramón, stressed that students must show their vaccination card to enter the classrooms.
Students from the first port returned after one year and nine months. District mayor participated in the restart of classes. Photo: Municipality of Callao
Should teachers be vaccinated?
To date, 724,793 teachers from public and private schools, representing 87.63% of educational personnel, are vaccinated with two doses. For the Minedu, it will be a requirement that everyone have their coronavirus vaccine, in order to protect the educational community, both teachers, administrative workers and, above all, students.
Some universities will ask students for a vaccination card. Photo: Minsa
What requirements are necessary to return to the presence?
Hernando Cevallos, Minister of Health (Minsa), announced that the protocol for returning to classes will be ready for January and February 2022. As indicated, the portfolio evaluates the capacity in each classroom, as well as the number of classes that students would have.
However, these are some measures that the authorities should take into account.
Protocols in schools:
- The use of glasses or face shields will not be mandatory at school
- The minimum distance between the youngsters will be 1.5
- Teachers and administrators with both doses of vaccine
Protocols in universities:
- Take into account social distancing.
- Vaccination with both doses by the community in general.
- Use of the double mask.
- Hand washing and alcohol disinfection.
Young people flock to it. Photo: UNMSM