Between 1 and 12 September, 2,812 pupils and 220 teaching staff from Flemish education tested positive for the corona virus. That corresponds to 0.23 and 0.13 percent respectively, according to figures from the CLBs (centers for pupil guidance) on Wednesday.
The corona infections are remarkably more common in primary education and in the Brussels-Capital Region. In Brussels, for example, 0.64 percent of all students tested positive, a figure three times higher than in the rest of Flanders. “These figures confirm once again that vaccination really matters,” says Flemish Education Minister Ben Weyts (N-VA).
The infections resulted in a total of 5,322 students (0.44 percent) and 240 teaching staff (0.14 percent) having to be quarantined.
Over the past week, there has been increasing criticism of what some say is too strict quarantine rule in education. As soon as two children in a class become infected within two weeks and a link is suspected, the entire class must be quarantined. Even if a teacher tests positive, the whole class must be in seclusion.
Minister Weyts already announced on Monday that he has asked the health institute Sciensano to review the rules. On Tuesday, Flemish Minister of Youth Benjamin Dalle (CD&V) also stated that he wanted an adjustment quickly. A new education meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday.