Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (Center) said the most important thing for the coming school year is protecting the health of Estonians, which justifies the conservative steps taken by universities.
Reps said on Vikerraadio's news show "Uudis+" that ignoring quarantine rules could end badly for students from foreign countries.
She explained: "In the regulation that allows foreign students to enter the country /.../, it is written that if they break the 14-day quarantine period, they will lose the right to remain in Estonia."
The minister added that universities have received criticism for their conservative steps, but she would do the same.
Reps explained: "If the university, based on health, decides that a student is not fit or will not be admitted this year, then that is an autonomous decision made by the school and we will not refute it."
Reps added that higher education establishments have been given a right to access testing results for students. She specified that it is not a matter of bullying students and lecturers, but rather the creation of safe conditions for the school year.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste