After the removal of masks, now also the end of corona tests in schools

Berlin (dpa) – After the lifting of the mask requirement, the time for compulsory corona tests in schools is coming to an end. As a dpa survey in the 16 Länder showed, the test obligation has already been abolished in six Länder or will end at the start of the new week.

In six countries, it expires no later than the weekend at the turn of the month. Only in Berlin and Thuringia are there further tests: In Thuringia until May 6 and in Berlin “until further notice”, according to the education administration. Hamburg and Saarland have not yet made a decision on how to handle the tests from May.

concern and criticism

Education unions and the Association of German Teachers have criticized the widespread abolition of compulsory tests. Teachers’ Association president Heinz-Peter Meidinger told dpa: ‘We are faced with the justified concern of families who have people at risk and previously ill children in their own homes.

The lifting of all health protection measures also comes at the expense of graduate students, who feared missing exams or having to make up exams due to infection. According to Meidinger, many high school graduates are currently staying home as a precaution and canceling classes “because health protection in schools is now reduced to zero in many cases.”

Education and Science Union (GEW) Vice President Andreas Keller has called it “negligent” to refrain from testing after the mask requirement was scrapped. “This is the last effective preventive measure that helps protect the health of employees, students and their parents.

Still high incidence of infection

The corona pandemic is not over yet,” Keller said. “To end all protective measures is to play with fire, which may fall on schools’ feet with the next wave.” The President of the Association for Education and Training (VBE), Udo Beckmann, said: Anyone wishing to allow continued school operations in the presence of a still high level of infection must carefully consider whether the time has come full of preventive measures such as tests and masks.

At the beginning of the month, the obligation to wear a mask was abolished in most schools in accordance with the requirements of the Infection Protection Act. However, Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had declared themselves hotspots and were therefore allowed to retain them. In both countries, however, the hotspot phase will expire in the coming days (MV April 27, HH April 30) and with it the mask requirement.

Test requirements still possible

On the other hand, compulsory tests in schools were and still are legally possible throughout Germany. However, most countries do not. Instead, voluntary and event-driven tests will be offered in the future, for example in the event of symptoms or if a school trip is imminent.

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There is obviously enough capacity: according to earlier information from Berlin Senator for Education Astrid-Sabine Busse (SPD), the state of Berlin still has millions of tests in reserve and could “easily come by the summer holidays “.

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