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Corona test obligation: Municipalities want to exclude untested students from classroom teaching

The Association of Towns and Municipalities calls for the exclusion from face-to-face classes for schoolchildren who do not want to undergo a corona test, shares the world With. "Anyone who does not want to be tested should not be allowed to attend school classes in person after the Easter break," said chief executive Gerd Landsberg to the newspapers of the Funke media group. "We don't need discussions now, we need concrete measures."

What is needed is "a clear and understandable concept that has to be implemented consistently and will then also have the acceptance and support of the population," said Landsberg. "However, a lack of solidarity and irrationality must also have consequences - those who do not comply with testing and quarantine must not hope to be treated like everyone else. This also applies to schools," Landsberg emphasized.

The President of the German Teachers' Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, also endorsed it world according to a test requirement for students after the Easter break. "The German Teachers' Association unreservedly supports the demand of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities for a comprehensive test requirement for pupils of all age groups as a prerequisite for participation in face-to-face lessons," said Meidinger world. He further said:

"Comprehensive, nationwide compulsory testing, at least twice a week, but preferably daily, is the second important building block for more health protection in schools, alongside the early vaccination of teachers, and a basic requirement for keeping them open if the incidence figures allow it."

The chairman of the Association for Education and Upbringing (VBE), Udo Beckmann, is skeptical about compulsory tests for students. There are many unanswered questions. It is more important than a duty to clarify how the tests can be practically handled. "It would be ideal if the tests at the school were accompanied by external staff, whereby the test result must be available before school starts," Beckmann told the agency dts. In addition, sufficient tests are needed so that all students can be tested at least twice a week. Beckmann also called for more support for schools in the implementation, otherwise the school management and teachers could quickly be overwhelmed.

Saxony, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein had already announced that they would introduce compulsory tests for schoolchildren after the Easter break. "Without a negative test there is no classroom teaching," said the education minister in Schleswig-Holstein, Karin Prien (CDU), on Wednesday. The North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Education said on Thursday that the details of the mandatory test will be decided in coordination with the other federal states.

Schleswig-Holstein: 0.06 percent tested positive

According to Prien, two self-tests per week will be offered at schools in Schleswig-Holstein after the holidays. Those who cannot take part can also present a medical test certificate or a certificate from a citizen test center or a pharmacy. The tests are planned until the summer vacation.

Since March 22, girls and boys in schools have had corona tests available for voluntary participation. Teachers and school employees could have themselves tested in pharmacies, family doctors or the test centers of the German Red Cross. According to the ministry, more than 127,000 tests were used at schools in Schleswig-Holstein. In 78 cases there was a positive result - that was 0.06 percent of the tests.

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