Malawi to reopen schools on Sept 7; MK2bn disbursed to contain Covid-19
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi government through Minister of Education Science and Technology has announced reopening of schools (primary, secondary and tertiary) on September 7, 2020 despite static Covid-19 cases registering in the country.
Addressing the news conference on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in the capital Lilongwe Minister of Education Science and Technology, Agnes Nyalonje disclosed that school assessment on readiness for reopening starts on August 30 2020.
Nyalonje said that training is meant for communities and teachers on how to provide education in the context of Covid-19 has began today across the nation.
The minister has urged communities to take part in making face masks for the children to use when in school as one way of protecting them from Covid-19.
She added that the ministry has developed a checklist for schools to follow.Issues include: disinfecting of schools, ensure availability of hand washing facilities, orientation of teachers on psychosocial support and that all teachers and learners would be required to put on face masks.
The Minister therefore disclosed that a total of MK2 billion has been disbursed to various schools through the Zone accounts to aid in the general training for teachers, mask making and purchasing buckets, radios for vulnerable children and suggestion boxes.
She added that the ministry has also bought tablets to be used by learners with special needs.
“A 2020 – 2021 catchup examination calender has been drawn and will be as follows:Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education Exams to be administered from September 30 to October 2 2020.Malawi School Certificate of Education Exams to be administered from October 22 to November 30 2020.The Malawi National Examinations Board will release details in due course.
“Priority will be given to examination classes which will reopen on Monday September 7 2020.The first phase will see standard 8, Form 4, Ipte final year students and final year students in colleges going back to school on September 7. Colleges that offer international curriculum will open three weeks after September 7Phase 2 will involve standard 1 to 7 for primary, Form 1 to 3 for secondary and classes should be alternating to reduce congestion. IPTE 15 teachers will continue their teaching practices during the second phase. Teachers training colleges will reopen on Monday October 12 2020 for the second phase,’ says Nyalonde.
Malawi schools were closed on March 23, 2020 after the nation registered Covid-19 cases.
As of August 27, 2020, Malawi had 5496 Covid-19 cases with 173 deaths.
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