New York —
The country governed by Daniel Ortega is the only one in America where classes have not been suspended, despite the WHO’s recommendations
The Magisterial Union Unit and the opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, demanded this Saturday the suspension of classes in Nicaragua, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, after the death of at least six teachers due to the pandemic.
The union and the opposition movement publicly called for the suspension of classes, arguing that parents are not sending their children to schools for fear of the pandemic, but also because teachers are spreading it “unnecessarily.”
“There are a large number of infected teachers, we have already lost count because they call us from all over Nicaragua, the authorities refuse to suspend classes, although the schools are empty, the teachers have to take up to two buses (buses) or more, and they are not being given any type of protection, that is why some are dead, ”said the union president, Lesbia Rodríguez.
The Civic Alliance added that “during the pandemic, many teachers have been forced to require parents to send their children to schools, even visiting house to house to lobby for assistance. Center directors have issued instructions to end the school year for those students who are absent. ”
The Alliance criticized that Nicaragua remains the only country in America, and one of the few in the world, where classes have not been suspended, despite the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
# Nicaragua🇳🇮 the Teachers Union Unit and the opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, demanded this Saturday the suspension of classes, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, after the death of at least six teachers due to the pandemic . # N4V pic.twitter.com/fxvx1ARNTk
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Nicaragua it has more than 45,000 teachers, some 10,000 schools, and 1.2 million students in basic and baccalaureate levels
The plaintiffs also complained that teachers of fifth and sixth year of basic education were “forced” to take a face-to-face training course starting this week, because, they claimed, it increases the risk of contracting COVID-19.
President Daniel Ortega He has received criticism, inside and outside of Nicaragua, for his particular handling of the pandemic, which consists of not establishing restrictions, allowing minimal preventive measures, and promoting crowds, whose attendees, exclusively Sandinistas, are then sent on house-to-house visits .
So far, the Government of Nicaragua, the second poorest country in Latin America, recognizes 279 infected by the new coronavirus, with 17 dead. The independent Citizen Observatory COVID-19, which enjoys greater credibility than the authorities, reports at least 2,323 cases, with 465 deaths.
The WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), as well as the Organization of American States (OAS), have expressed their concern about the situation in Nicaragua, while the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Rights Humans (OHCHR), and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), have asked Ortega to guarantee the right to health.