The prime minister said today that he does not believe that face-to-face classes can be resumed within 15 days in light of the evolution of the country's epidemiological situation and added that the alternative would be "online" teaching.
This conviction was conveyed by António Costa at the end of the program "Circulatura do Quadrado", on TVI-24, moderated by journalist Carlos Andrade, with the usual participation of the PS parliamentary leader, Ana Catarina Mendes, of the former PSD leader Pacheco Pereira and of the member of the Council of State António Lobo Xavier.
"I do not believe that in 15 days we will return to face-to-face education", declared the leader of the executive, who also said that the Government will not repeat the measure it took last Friday to decree an interruption in the school year, with compensations during traditional vacation periods.
"Therefore, we must resume online education", admitted António Costa.
In the program, after criticisms made by former CDS leader António Lobo Xavier to the positions taken by the Minister of Education regarding the suspension of face-to-face classes, the leader of the executive came out in defense of Tiago Brandão Rodrigues.
"Nobody has forbidden anyone to have online education", advocated António Costa, refusing that his executive enters "in a phantom discussion" and that there are "prejudices" in relation to private sector education.