Passau / Berlin – The president of the Association of German Teachers, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, believes that it is necessary to wear a mask in the classrooms if the lessons are to be held in the usual way. “Anyone who wants full lessons cannot avoid the mask requirement,” Meidinger told “Passauer Neue Presse” (Monday).
Neither teachers nor students are fans of the mask requirement. “But that’s probably the sacrifice we have to make, at least temporarily, to avoid a second wave of infections,” Meidinger said. He called it “ridiculous” that masks and distance rules are required in supermarkets, trains, buses, restaurants and at events and that both be removed in schools.
“The hygiene measures currently implemented in Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where school activities have started, are certainly not enough to compensate for the elimination of the distance rule in classrooms,” said he declared to the newspaper. With its limited mask requirement, North Rhine-Westphalia is also going in the right direction in the classroom.
The Bavarian cabinet discussed on Monday a possible mask requirement in Bavarian classrooms. Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) wishes to present the results of the debate at a press conference at noon.