Austrian students get back into their classes

After three months of distance learning children all around Austria have been finally able to get back into their classes, but only if they have a Covid 19 test.


It was in November that Austria’s children were able to go to school before the third lockdown.


Today 100,000 students are returning to schools in Styria, a state right in the centre of Austria, alone but the way how the lessons are delivered has changed quite a bit.


Besides the already known two-metre safety distance, the compulsory wearing of masks, the regular venting between classes and part-time distance learning, the students now have to do a COVID-19 test every week when they come to school.


If you refuse to do the test you have to stay at home and catch-up with the learning material yourself.


Student László Novotnik, 18, said: “It is good that we have face-to-face teaching again but the organisation of the new system is just rigged with flaws. It’s especially weird that we only have to be in school two times a week and then have to go back home.


“Where is the whole point of opening schools again if we just get sent back home right after two days of school.”


Students are not the only people worried about the future regarding their school career. Their parents are also unsure of what to think about the new regulations.


The Austrian Union of Workers (Arbeiterkammer) declares that half of these parents are really worried about their children not being able to keep up with their schoolwork due to all the catching up they have to do as well as them being anxious about their kids health.


The party however hopes that through permanent testing a third lockdown can be prevented.


Mother Emese Prokop, 42, said: “Messed up. That’s all I have to say about the organization. We got the information about how this new system was going to work one day before school started.

“I think I speak on behalf of most parents when I say that the government is too vague and lousy when it comes to determining and then enforcing the terms.”

Written by Roman Reiter

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