Today around 15:00 is expected to be held a meeting at the Ministry of Education and Science, between representatives of the National Institute of Public Health of Kosovo (NIPHK), the Office of the Prime Minister, representatives of municipal directorates and the United Education Union, Science and Culture (SBASHK) where it is expected to discuss the pandemic situation with COVID-19, at the level of Kosovo in the education sector.
The President of the United Trade Union of Education, Science and Culture (SBASHK), Rrahman Jasharaj in a statement to the Telegraph said that they are against online learning, but that they will respect the recommendations of the NIPHK.
“We have communication with the MES, and according to what has been said we are waiting for an official confirmation where it is expected that there will be a meeting at the MES where will be the leaders of NIPHK, representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, representatives of MED of municipalities, where it is expected to talk about the current situation from the pandemic and especially about education. “We do not have any information on when but the situation will be discussed and analyzed and the key bodies that will decide are the NIPHK and the Ministry of Health”, he said.
However, as Jasharaj said, SBASHK is against online learning but according to him, if NIPHK and MH recommend that due to the situation with COVID-19 to switch to online learning, he said that they will respect a decision of such.
“SBASHK remains with the insistence that teaching continue in schools, but if the NIPHK and the Ministry of Health have predicted this issue as problematic then they will make a decision and SBASHK will support the decision of our institutions, and will to mobilize education workers and if ‘far be it’ as people say switch to online learning eventually for a certain time then we will try to make teachers as active and successful as possible in that kind of teaching, with the wish that this does not to happen, but SBASHK will agree because the health of students is primary “, said Jasharaj, among others.
Otherwise, the incumbent Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti, has announced that after meeting with health and educational institutions, they have considered the possibility of starting online learning at all levels of education, for the next two weeks, starting from March 22.
“It has been decided that the same measures against COVID-19 will remain in force, as it is estimated that the trends are stable. While the possibilities for starting online learning at all levels of education are being considered, for the next two weeks, starting on March 22nd. The decision regarding this issue is expected to be taken this afternoon after the joint meeting of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Health, the NIPHK, the SBASHK and the Parents’ Council “, it is said in the announcement.