- Published : 07.09.2021.
New school year begins for 460,000 students, including 37,000 first graders
The new school year 2021-22 begins on Monday for almost 460,000 elementary and secondary school students across Croatia, including about 37,000 first graders, and all will have face-to-face classes.
This year again HRK 158 million was earmarked in the state budget for free textbooks for elementary school students.
Science and Education Minister Radovan Fuchs said on Sunday that elementary school students in grades five to eight and secondary school students would have to wear masks if the distance between them in classrooms was less than 1.5 to 2 metres.
However, masks are mandatory in hallways, outside classrooms and in school transport.
Teachers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to wear masks in classrooms, while those who have not been do, Fuchs said on RTL television.
The ministry has issued epidemiological recommendations based on research, the experience of epidemiologists, all stakeholders in the education system and other EU countries as well as in line with those of relevant European and international organisations, notably the World Health Organization.