Teleworking in the public sector of the Executive function will continue for 15 more days, as resolved by the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) this Sunday, February 28, 2021.
The president of the entity, Juan Zapata, explained that the measure was raised and approved unanimously in the last plenary session. “The purpose is to maintain the oxygenation of public transport and mobility in urban sectors of cities such as Quito and Guayaquil,” he said.
Zapata added that around 57% of the total public officials of the Executive will remain until March 14 doing their work at home. This means that approximately 287,000 of the 500,000 public officials will continue with virtual activities.
However, the COE urged the rest of the functions of the State and the private sector to embrace the health initiative, within the conjuncture due to the covid-19 pandemic. National authorities seek to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Telework also includes 165,000 teachers from educational units of the public system. The teachers of the pilot back-to-class programs are the only ones authorized to attend the classrooms in person.
The Minister of Education, Monserrat Creamer, reported that the COE also lifted the suspension of the pilot plan in 77 educational units located in rural areas. Applications from schools and colleges located in the urban area of Tulcán, Ibarra, Quito, Latacunga, Ambato, Riobamba, Azogues and Cuenca were not accepted.
In the coming days the evaluation of the piloting will continue, as long as the sanitary conditions of the country allow it. Zapata recalled that the increase in infections due to the general elections of February 7 and the Carnival Holiday is still under analysis.
This Thursday, March 4, the COE will meet again to define if the return to the classroom is endorsed in 23 universities in the country. In these higher education establishments the suspension is maintained, according to the latest resolution of the National COE. (I)