Classroom learning to resume on Jan 10 says education minister

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Polish school children will return to regular classes on January 10, according to the country’s education minister.

Przemysław Czarnek also said that any further decisions on where children will learn will depend on the epidemic situation.

Poland has seen the number of infections and deaths rise as it battled the fourth pandemic wave, and the country switched to home schooling for the period before Christmas until January 9.

On Sunday evening, Czarnek told public TV station TVP Info that a scenario of extending remote learning is "not envisaged so on January 10 everyone is returning to full-time education in schools, which is needed like oxygen."

He added that subsequent decisions regarding schooling will depend on the development of the epidemic situation, including how the Omicron coronavirus variant will translate into the number of the infected and hospitalised patients.

"We will know this in about three weeks or a month. Only then will we make further decisions, and this will already be the winter break season, so one third to half of Poland will be excluded from full-time education due to the winter break anyway," Czarnek said.