Teachers afraid of infection at work

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 01-12-2020 10:08:00 · 3 Comments

Nine out of ten teachers are concerned or afraid to be at schools because they believe that rules that ensure hygiene and correct social distancing are being ignored, reveals a survey by Fenprof.

More than 5,000 teachers responded to the survey by the National Federation of Teachers, which aimed to understand the health security conditions in schools and what teachers perceive.

Only 9.5 percent said they felt safe in schools, according to data released from the online survey that ended less than a week ago.

The remaining 90.5 percent of teachers are divided between those who are concerned (67.4 percent) and those who even admit that they are afraid of being infected (23.1 percent) because they consider that conditions are lacking in schools, the survey indicates.

One of the problems pointed out by the majority is related to the size of the classes, which has not changed, preventing a greater distance within the classrooms, according to the responses that came from teachers at all levels of education.

Regarding the cleaning of spaces, the most common is that the operational assistants only do it at the end of the day, similarly to what happened before the pandemic.

In this task, schools also started to count on the help of students and teachers who clean the rooms between each use.

The lack of operational assistants was another of the shortcomings pointed out, with only 17.5 percent saying that there are now more staff in schools. The vast majority stated that the number of assistants remains unchanged and 18.5 percent mentioned that this year there are fewer people in schools.

Regarding the Government's programme of free distribution of masks to schools, the teachers confirm that they were delivered, but almost half of the responses call on the quantity or quality, pointing as defects, for example, the fact that the elastics break very easily.

The lack of conditions in schools during the pandemic is one of the reasons that led Fenprof to announce a national strike on 11 December.

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Totally agree Miquel!!!

My 14 year old's teacher at the local school is totally paranoid and wears 2 sets of pink plastic gloves, 2 masks and sometimes a spit guard. She must be insane and is not fit to teach children.

She tells the students they should be taught domestically!

Needless to say she doesn't have her own children, and god willing never will.

Let the kids be kids and the world leaders stop this silly behaviour before George Orwells 1984 becomes normal.

By Mario from Alentejo on 02-12-2020 06:26

Then these teachers should resign and let other who possess basic critical thinking and duty of care for children do the job instead.

Children are precious and innocent. Stop treating them as dirty, vectors of infection. Muzzled and smeared in antibacterial chemicals for 'their safety'. These teachers should be ashamed of themselves.

Perhaps these teachers could provide the evidence to show all of these Non Pharmaceutical Interventions in community settings they demand to be effective ?

Have they or the Government bothered to look ? Of course not, because the scientific evidence shows them not to be effective. But they demand them anyway.

Are most of these teachers over 60 with heath problems ? If not, then they have little to worry about even if they are infected.

Do they / will they make these demands during every bad flu season ?

By Miquel from Lisbon on 02-12-2020 11:17

This articulated fear reminds me that I wondered whether there is still an obligation to provide first aid. The government says that by all means we should distance ourselves. This actually applies to everywhere.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 02-12-2020 09:17
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