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Quintana Roo students to return to classes next week

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Face-to-face classes are scheduled to begin again starting next week. On January 31, students in upper secondary and higher education will be able to return to face-to-face classes.

For basic education students, classes will continue through the Community Learning Centers from January 31 to February 11.

Governor Carlos Joaquín said that it is essential to gradually return to face-to-face classes. “We cannot stay without returning to our schools, to face-to-face activities,” he said during an interview where the Secretary of Education Ana Isabel Vásquez Jiménez announced the return of classes.

She said that from January 31 to February 11, basic education students will continue through the Community Learning Centers, but on Monday the 14th, they can return in person.

Secretary Vásquez Jiménez reiterated that no girl, boy or young person should be separated from communication with their teachers, so they are calling on parents to maintain communication with their child’s school.

She also reported a reduction in preschool and primary school students as a result of the pandemic. Preschool has seen an enrollment decrease of 6.7 percent, she said saying online learning does not work for all families.

“Hence our insistence on opening classes,” she said, “increaseing enrollment is a big challenge for us and it will be for the next government.”

Special education, which is difficult to provide remotely, also suffered a reduction of 2.2 percent, while enrollment at the primary level decreased by 0.1 percent.

The total enrollment, she said, is 458,364 students in 2,634 schools who are served by 25,275 teachers.