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Doria keeps back to school on October 7 and increases pressure on mayors

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São Paulo – The São Paulo governor, João Doria (PSDB), reaffirmed today (18) that the plan to return to school on October 7 is maintained and that it will be up to the mayors to decide whether or not to authorize the return in their territories. According to the state government’s proposal, the private network will be able to resume regular face-to-face activities on that date, within the criteria of the retaking plan: student rotation, with a maximum of 35% of students per day and with social distance. The announcement increases pressure on mayors, who have been holding back, as in the case of the São Paulo metropolitan region.

According to the Secretary of State for Education, Rossieli Soares, the state network will first resume the activities of high school and Youth and Adult Education (EJA), as they are the most affected by school dropout. Elementary school activities are expected to return on November 3. However, the municipal and private schools are authorized to start returning to regular classes of any cycle as early as October 7. “Conditional on the authorization of the city halls,” said Soares.

Also according to the secretary, each state school that intends to return to high school and EJA classes on October 7 will have to present a specific project. They must demonstrate that they are complying with the rules defined in the plan to resume face-to-face activities. Elementary schools will be able to carry out extracurricular activities, such as those authorized from September 8. Soares avoided, however, saying how many schools or students adhered to this proposal. According to the Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp), membership is still low.

Rules

Soares also said that the terms of responsibility sent to the students’ families, relieving the government of the burden of eventual contamination of their children by covid-19, have not been defined by the secretariat and are unauthorized. “Any communication to families regarding the return to school will be defined according to the plan and approved by the secretariat. Any other communication with families is unauthorized, ”he said.

Back to school to be authorized on October 7
will be done in three phases. As the entire state is in phase 3-yellow, it is likely
that all regions are authorized. In the first stage, up to 35% of
students will be able to return to schools, with the preservation of a 1.5 meter
distance between them, both in the classroom and in school transport, and in
cafeteria and collective activities.

In the second stage, concomitant with the advance of the regions to the 4-green phase, of the São Paulo Plan, for 14 days, up to 70% of students return, with the same protocols. If the control of the pandemic remains in phase 4-green for another 14 days, 100% of students will be able to return. Face-to-face classes have been suspended since March 24 and the measure is considered essential to prevent the proliferation of the new coronavirus.

Pressure on mayors

Yesterday (17), the mayor of the São Paulo capital, Bruno Covas (PSDB), decided that the return to regular classes will not happen on October 7. After the result of the 4th phase of the serological survey with children and adolescents, the mayor decided that only extracurricular activities will be authorized as of this date. Regular activities were scheduled to resume on 3 November. Covas said he was under pressure from all sides, from businessmen, organizations and unions.

In the metropolitan region of São Paulo, no mayor authorized the reopening of schools for extracurricular activities on September 8. But, with Doria’s decision, the pressure should increase for them to authorize the private network to return on October 7. Another 45 cities in the interior took the same measure by decree, but this situation can be reviewed.

Yesterday, the Brazilian Association of Private Schools (Abepar) celebrated Covas’ decision to authorize extracurricular activities in October and highlighted the position of the Doria government. “By authorizing the resumption of face-to-face activities in schools in São Paulo, the City Hall is in line with what was proposed by the state Executive and monitors what has been done by more and more schools throughout the State,” said the entity.

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11 million Bolivians will have free vaccine against covid

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São Paulo – Former Bolivian President Evo Morales commented, this Wednesday (21st), the importance of youth in the electoral process that led Luis Arce, from the Movement to Socialism (MAS), to victory in the presidential election of October 18 . “Young people saw what it is like to live under the right and the dictatorship. And they reflected on how we were with our revolution and how we were under the coup, ”he said. Evo was overthrown by a coup in November 2019 that brought lawyer and TV presenter Jeanine Áñez to the presidency. With 90% of the official count completed. at 3:40 pm on this Wednesday (21st), Luis Arce approaches 55% of the valid votes. “What was at stake on October 18 was to go back to the past with the privatists or continue to the future with the nationalists,” said Evo Morales in an interview with Breno Altman (watch below).

Asked how the country will recover from the economic crisis aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic, he replied that it will be with the presence of the state. The Bolivian guaranteed that Bolivia will normalize relations with China, Cuba, “some European countries” and Russia. “Those who once asked for market, market, market, now say State, State State, in the face of the pandemic.”

Vaccine against covid-19

“We are going to face the pandemic. When we have the vaccine, we will distribute it to all 11 million Bolivians for free. ” According to him, tackling the pandemic and the crisis will be done through joint work between the federal government, governors and mayors.

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro not only boycotts health policies, but goes further. On Wednesday, he forbade the country to buy the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac, which would have 46 million doses through negotiations with the state of São Paulo announced the day before by the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello. “I don’t give up my authority”, justified the Brazilian’s head of state.

South America

About neighbors in South America, Evo Morales highlighted the “profound ideological and programmatic difference” between MAS and the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, from Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and the former Argentine president Mauricio Macri. But it was diplomatic. “Whether it is left or right, we must work together respecting our differences. South Americans cannot be isolated, ”he said.

Morales acknowledged that he may have been mistaken as president. “I was wrong, but I am a human being,” he said. “Now we have experience in public management, and we are going to take Bolivia forward, united, organized.” He affirmed that the new government will make “a pact of union between the parties of the right, businessmen and workers, a great national agreement, to raise the economy”, adding: “The moment is to consolidate our process of change, democracy does not end on election day ”.

Evo has been in Argentina since December 2019, where he went into exile after the coup in the country. He said that the return to his country still has no forecast. In an interview with BBC Brazil, the president-elect was not positive about the possible participation of the ex-president in the new government. “If Evo Morales wants to help us, he will be very welcome. But that does not mean that Morales will be in the government. It will be my government, ”he said.

Check out Evo Morales interview with Breno Altman

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