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Decision to ban elderly school assistants 'incomprehensible'

National News // By Tay Kinnear // June 19, 2019

A decision by education authorities in canton Fribourg to ban retirees from working in schools is causing uproar.

Pixabay Decision to ban elderly school assistants 'incomprehensible'

For many years, its been common practice for classes to have elderly assistants. The pensioners help children with basic maths and language skills – and the benefits are two-fold. Elderly charities say it’s also good for the workers as well as they can have a meaningful occupation after retirement.

But authorities say it’s a safety risk and against cantonal law. They say they have to protect the children.

One teacher called the move incomprehensible.

Using elderly classroom assistants remains common in other cantons.

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