The Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico (FMPR) accused the Secretary of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano, of “becoming a lobbyist for the owners of private educational companies” and encouraging classes to be offered in person, “even when contagion by Covid-19 is out of control “.
The Health official assured in a radio program that private universities and colleges are insisting on the claim to reopen.
Regarding the matter, Mercedes Martínez Padilla, president of the FMPR, commented that “even though the ministerial duty of the Secretary of Health is to protect the population, Lorenzo González seems inclined to recommend the return to the classrooms of students and teachers with the potential to risk of contagion that this represents. A determination in that direction can lead to an even larger outbreak that will have consequences on the health, safety and life of the components of the school community. This is more dangerous when we know that the Department of Education has not taken the necessary preventive measures ”.
He warned that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Disposition (CDC) recommend that school campuses not be opened until the epidemic is controlled.
“Reopening the schools will turn the schools into centers for the distribution of contagion throughout the country,” warned the teacher leader.
He added that “the reality is that the government has not developed an effective plan to stop the growth of the disease and improvisation and giving in to pressure from businessmen has been the order of the day. Private entrepreneurs pursue their profits even at the cost of the life of the population. To stop this epidemic requires a concerted action that the government has failed to implement ”.