From right to left: what do the parties say about closing schools and universities?

PSD defends the closure of schools, as does PAN and CDS. The Liberal Initiative warns of the responsibilities that the Costa executive will have to assume in the event of the closure of educational establishments. PCP believes that it is “important that children and young people have a functioning school”.

The Government decides this Thursday, January 21, the possible closure of schools, after having resisted making this decision.

On the subject, the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa considered that closing schools would be “a good solution”. “I already knew that this could happen [school closes]. I think it is a good solution, if that is the one adopted in the Council of Ministers, and apparently the Minister [of Health] announced it, it is a good solution ”, said Marcelo in an interview with Porto Canal on Wednesday night.

In its turn, the Minister of Health assumed that the data revealed to her on the prevalence of the British variant of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, “will force further reflections on possible measures to be taken”. The statements were made in an interview with RTP after participating in a meeting with a group of epidemiologists and speaking with Prime Minister António Costa on Wednesday.

What do the parties say about the closure of schools?

On Wednesday, the president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) turned to social media to ask for schools to close. “Because I am confined at home, I cannot do it any other way. But I leave here my appeal to the Prime Minister to order the closure of schools. The responsible attitude that the PSD has had in this crisis, I think it deserves that this appeal be properly considered ”, wrote Rui Rio on Twitter.

On the same day, the deputy general secretary of the PS, José Luís Carneiro, responded to the statements made by the PSD president, Rui Rio, pointing out that it is necessary to “avoid attempts at party exploitation” at this “especially difficult” time for the country, according to the Lusa agency.

In the Liberal Initiative, Tiago Mayan said he was of the opinion that schools should remain open in this new general confinement, admitting that this was a Government decision. However, on Tuesday, he warned that he will also "have to take responsibility for these decisions and respond to parents who are going to have children at home who do not have enough autonomy to be alone", according to the Lusa agency.

The topic of schools was also discussed in Parliament on Tuesday. The People of Nature Party (PAN) asked the Government to adopt a set of “smart and coherent measures” to reduce the mobility of the Portuguese. During his speech, PAN spokesman André Silva According to André Silva, he asked for classes to be provided at home from the third cycle of schooling, recalling that the age group between 13 and 17 years old is the one in which more contagions have increased.

On the closure of schools, Francisco Rodrigues defended, on Monday, that all schools up to 12 years old should be closed, to stop the contagions by Covid-19. In a press conference, the president of the CDS-PP underlined that measures must be taken “to close all schools over 12 years and universities due to the risk of contagion they present, and to increase the testing capacity significantly. infected and all contacts ”.

In this regard, the position of the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) was revealed on 8 January. The party's leader, Jerónimo de Sousa, considers it “important that children and young people have a functioning school” since its closure conditions “students' free development and academic achievement”.

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