Parents who want their children to go online “have no reason to panic” as they could always choose this option, Serbia’s Education Minister Branko Ružić told the public broadcasting service (RTS) on Monday, adding that schools appear to be the safest place amid the COVID-19 pandemic and that the situation is constantly monitored.
In some regions, the virus had never reached the schools, he added.
“In the beginning, about 4% of the students went back to virtual learning. In September the percentage dropped to 2.7, and now it’s 3.3%, which is telling us that parents do trust the education system,” said Ružić.
“What’s important is that medical professionals at the government’s Crisis Headquarters will always be able to suggest the restriction. For the time being, there’s no reason to do it,” said the education minister.
However, an increase in the number of new infections among teachers had been reported, which was taken into account when new restrictions were discussed, he added.