Impact Of COVID-19 On Spain’s Schools And Universities

Unprecedented events called for drastic measures during the 2020 global crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic saw more than 1.725 billion affected by school closures. After Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declared a ‘state of alarm’, Spanish schools and universities shut their doors as a measure to contain the virus. The virus has affected educational systems across the globe. 

Although the country is seeing a decline in the number of new cases, the government noted that easing of restrictions needs to be done carefully and in phases. Many schools turned to provide online classes to ensure the flow of learning during the lockdown. 

When Will Schools Reopen In Spain

As it stands the ministry of education announced schools would reopen during phase 2 of easing restrictions. However, not everyone can expect to return to the classroom at this time. The government announced that only children under six, whose parents are not able to work from home, can return. This move is expected to take place on 25 May, depending on regional indicators. A team of experts appointed by the Spanish Paediatric Association said that schools are likely to reopen in September. 

While younger learners will be able to return to school, this is not the case for older pupils. The government proposed that only final year learners of secondary school may be able to return to the classroom in Phase 2. However, this will only be permitted provided that there are no more than 15 learners per group. Also, their return is voluntary.  

Return of Students to Universities and Colleges

During the lockdown, many university students in Spain continued their learning through virtual classes and other modes of distancing learning. A professor at the Complutense University of Madrid said: ‘It’s important that PhD students remain busy and don’t have a sense that they’re wasting time, or on vacation.’ 

Several universities and colleges in Spain are in the process of working out a plan for students to resume ‘normal’ activity in June. This comes after discussions with the ministry of education said that its crucial learners don’t miss out on too much of their academic year.

Madrid is the epicentre of the virus in Spain. All universities in the Spanish capital will remain closed until the end of the academic year. Provisions are made for lab assignments or any student taking part in an internship program. Students in these categories will be able to access the respective facilities from the end of June. This proposed plan is yet to be confirmed by health authorities.

Several other schools and universities in Europe share the same sentiment of gradually opening up schools and universities. In Germany and France, some learners are well on their way to in-classroom sessions while keeping with the social distancing guidelines. Many international learners returned to their home countries at the start of lockdown. As many European countries move with relaxing restrictions, some students may have a problem returning. To learn more about how other countries are easing restrictions, visit Germany’s Lockdown.

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