The SPD and the Greens criticize chaos in primary school Corona tests

Children in a classroom taking corona tests Children in a classroom taking corona tests

The Lolli PCR test strategy will be adapted in primary schools, but it is said that there has been chaos due to communication disruptions

What: PA / Lubos Pavlicek

The Lolli PCR test strategy in primary schools should be revised – starting today, Wednesday. However, the Ministry of Education only notified primary schools via email late on Tuesday evening. This is what the Social Democratic Party and the Green Party say about it.

DrThe leader of the opposition SPD party in the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament, Thomas Kochati, accused the CDU/FDP state government of chaos in the short-term diversion of the corona testing system in primary schools. “The testing system has literally collapsed in our primary schools,” Kochati said on Wednesday in the Dusseldorf state parliament. “Kids couldn’t go to school, parents couldn’t go to work.” Uncertainty was high on Wednesday morning.

Due to limited capacity and the growing number of coronavirus cases, there have been short-term changes for elementary school students in Lollipop PCR tests since Wednesday. The Ministry of Education had indicated the new detailed exam regulations in an email circulated to schools on Tuesday evening.

Koshati accused Education Minister Yvonne Jabauer (FDP) and Prime Minister Hendrik Fust (CDU) of “communications chaos”. Federal and state plans to prioritize PCR tests were already known Monday. The leader of the SPD parliamentary group said it was clear at the time that schools would not be among the priority institutions for the most reliable PCR tests. But it wasn’t until late on Tuesday evening that the school’s email was sent to schools for future testing.

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According to Green Party leader Josephine Paul, the Wüst government lacks “clear communication and good crisis management”. Two years into the pandemic, the state government is further away than ever from achieving reliability in crisis management.

Paul said a school email from Tuesday evening at 10:14 p.m. as of the following Wednesday morning “tops all previous emails sent on Friday evening after work.”

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