Lower Saxony and Bremen
Ton: The abolition of the obligation to wear masks in primary schools is justifiable
Hannover (dpa / lni) – Starting next Monday, elementary school students in Lower Saxony will no longer have to wear a mask instead during class. “Even in the current situation, this is a justifiable and correct relaxation,” Education Minister Grant Hendrik Tonne (SPD) confirmed to the German Press Agency on Monday. By the way, this is a nationwide development in elementary schools. “Especially with a view to individual facilitation for each child, but also for language development and non-verbal communication, I think this step is important and right.”
At the same time, Tonne criticized the federal government’s draft of a new infection protection law. This would take the most effective protection measure out of the hands of the federal states: “It is absolutely incomprehensible what the federal government was thinking when it comes to masks. With the draft of the new Infection Protection Law, from the beginning of April we no longer have the option to wear the mask at school so they can wear it as needed,” says Tonne.
He asked the federal government to adapt the draft so that the federal states could also order the mask in schools if the development of the pandemic required it. “If that doesn’t happen, from the beginning of April we would depend on him volunteering and, especially when moving around the school building, we would promote mask wearing.” The Science and Education Union (GEW) and the Greens have warned that the planned lifting of the mask requirement in primary schools was coming too soon.