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The opposition LMP has called on the government to keep primary schools and kindergartens closed, given the persistent high number of coronavirus infections.

Máté Kanász-Nagy, the party’s co-leader, told an online press briefing on Tuesday that schools should only be opened once teachers are fully protected by both doses of the vaccine.

If the government sticks to its plan of opening primary schools and kindergartens on April 19, parents should be given the option of keeping their children at home, he said.

Kanász-Nagy argued that schools could easily become infection hotspots, adding that children, teachers and other staff should be tested for the virus several times a week.

Schools to Reopen in Hungary Next Monday, Heated Debate Continues
Schools to Reopen in Hungary Next Monday, Heated Debate Continues

The debate on the reopening of schools in Hungary continues. Although Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced last week that secondary schools will not return to on-site education until May, kindergartens and primary schools are still scheduled to open next Monday. While the government claims it is safe to return to in-person education, several teacher’s unions […]Continue reading

Referring to the government’s decision to open secondary schools on May 10, the LMP politician said that it would also make sense to open primary schools and kindergartens at a later date.

featured image: soldier disinfecting a school (illustration); via Zoltán Balogh/MTI