The national universities denounced that the Buenos Aires government excluded its teachers and other workers from the vaccination plan, not complying with the provisions of the Federal Council of Education (CFE). For this reason, university rectors and rectors met with the Minister of Education of the Nation, Nicolás Trotta, to express their concern in this regard. “We hope that soon we can start the vaccination operation,” said the rector of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Alberto Barbieri.
While it remains in conflict with teachers of the initial, primary and secondary levels when holding face-to-face classes despite the risk implied by current epidemiological indicators, the administration of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta added a source of tension with university teachers by marginalizing them from the vaccination campaign. The decision violates Resolution 387/2021 of the CFE, which established “five prioritized groups among which are teachers and non-teachers of higher education institutes and universities.”
The conflict began on May 18 when the immunization scheme presented by the authorities for the district included “teachers and non-teachers from higher education institutes and universities dependent on the Government of the City of Buenos Aires and private institutions incorporated into official education. “, but it left out those who perform tasks in national universities based in CABA. And it escalated when, in response to the demands of the unions, Rodríguez Larreta’s administration directly eliminated the call for university teachers.
“The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires is the only jurisdiction that is not complying with the CFE resolution that in February 2021 resolved the vaccination order for teachers in order to guarantee the greatest possible presence and take care of the health of the community educational “, said Trotta, after receiving the proposal of the rectors of national universities in the Buenos Aires area, who requested his intercession before the Buenos Aires authorities.
At the meeting, where the rector of the UBA, Barbieri; the rector of the National University of the Arts (UNA), Sandra Torlucci; and the vice-rector of the National Technological University (UTN), Haroldo Avetta, the academic authorities raised the impossibility of university teachers to register to receive the vaccine in CABA, which also puts at risk the presence in the second semester of the calendar academic.
At the end of the meeting – in which the secretary for University Policies, Jaime Perczyk, and the area’s undersecretary, César Albornoz also participated – Barbieri reported that the rectors expressed “the need to accelerate the vaccination plan so that in the second semester it is possible, as the epidemiological situation permits, to start with a higher degree of presence with vaccinated teachers and non-teachers “.
“We leave with the idea that the minister is going to try to find a solution and we hope that we can soon begin the vaccination operation,” added the rector of the UBA.
The general secretary of the Federation of University Teachers (Fedun), Daniel Ricci, highlighted, in dialogue with Page 12, the union coincidence with the proposal of the rectors: “We hope that the situation will be resolved; what the City Government has to do is comply with what was approved in the CFE. So far it is the only jurisdiction that is not complying with it, so we hope that it will be resolved and that it complies with what it has to do ”.