Malawi school closures extended for another two weeks

Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda has confirmed that the closure of schools will be extended until at least March to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

Chiponda: Schools will remain closed for the next two weeks

President Lazarus Chakwera  three weeks ago declared a state of national disaster in response to the recent spike in Covid-19 cases with  restrictions which include school closures, a night-time curfew, and no gatherings over 50 people.

Chiponda  said on Thursday  – during a briefing to give an update on the Covid-19 situation – that after an assessment that the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 conducted, they have agreed that all schools should remain closed for another two weeks and that all students who were still on campus must return home.

She added that after two weeks another assessment will be done to confirm if it will be safe for schools to open.

Benedicto Kondowe, executive director for the Civil Society Education Coalition,  said government should devise a plan that allows some students to continue with their education.

“Schools were closed for not less than seven months in the first wave of Covid, and registered unprecedented number of teenage pregnancies in excess of 40,000. And that’s why we are saying ‘Could there be a mechanism of mitigating and containing the virus while the schools are still in sessions?” he asked.

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Zaulendo
Zaulendo
1 month ago

Dear Government, First and foremost we the bonafide citizenry of Nyasa republic from Mbwvalamani in Nkhatabay want to salute the Republic for your right decision to save lives of the vulnerable by closing schools. Please dont listen to the uneducated who think opening schools amid the pandemic is an economical solution to their general malaise. Possibly these people can be encouraged to spend more time in the fields. Chuma chili munthaka. Life is more precious than education or money. We also appreciate the vaccine regardless of its efficacy. The opulent can buy the expensive vaccines from the private hospitals just… Read more »

kk uja
1 month ago

This is not A Solution …and many knows so

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
1 month ago

Going by social distancing, washing hands and sanitizing, there is need to erect temporary classes, buy desks and employ more teachers who are still waiting. This can be collaborated with school committees and parents. Life must move on.

Wils
Wils
1 month ago

Open schools life should move on!!

Malume Chakwelagalu
Malume Chakwelagalu
1 month ago

Open schools, open bars and Liquor shops life has to continue, zinazi tichedwa nazo. I have not seen any local strategy being advocated by government apart from copying Strategies from the West, yet by far we cant match them. Lockdown lockdown what? Come on engage those self proclaimed political and social analysts/ commentators atiuze zochita. Osamangomwa kachasu ndi kupwala mahule and call yourselves analysts. Your heads are empty and you dont read, you rely on History ….shame on you Opportunistic Analysts. Shame on those Radio stations that profile you

Form Form BBME
1 month ago

You are just following what Europe is doing. The silly thing about boarding schools is that you are taking back the pupils to a dangerous environment where there is the virus. When they go back the Lilongwe Girls scenario will happen again and you will close schools again and again. Very stupid decisions.

Mandimwi
Mandimwi
1 month ago

This is very commendable. The little ones have been carriers of the virus and infected their parents.

Kagwa
Kagwa
1 month ago

Koma yaaaaa, ine ndimadalira kuti ndiyamba kulandira fees ku school yanga. Sheeeeeeeee basi ndavomereza poti ndi mulili, koma yaaaaaaaa!

Maxwell Banda
Maxwell Banda
1 month ago

Please Mr President,think about us from the private sector,now it has become a crime to work at a private school. What are we going to eat since our source of income come from fees collections, where can we get our dues? If convid-19 has come to stay,are closing schools forever? Find means how we can survive unless we die of hunger rather convid-19.

Wiseup
Wiseup
1 month ago
Reply to  Maxwell Banda

Atitu kovidi ili ku sukulu ndi ku tchalitchi. Onse akufawa anakayitenga malo awiri amenewa. Mu misika, bank, office, minibus, ma shop ati mulibe. Kutereku ati inu ndi azibusa mu ma tchalitchimu ndinu chiopsezo kwa a Malawi ntchifukwa chake malo anu antchito atsekedwa. Olo mutafa ndi njala iwo sizikuwakhudza bola rona musawapatsire. Nkhani yake ikuterotu.

Pepani ndithu koma ambuye ndiwabwino aona kuti ati nazo bwanji zimenezi.

Goat Gambino
Goat Gambino
1 month ago
Reply to  Wiseup

Walemba mofatsa koma ndudziwa ndiwe okwiya 😂😂

Peace
1 month ago

Hi nyasa. We depend on you, especially here in the village.
Mwasiya kubebesa.
On a good note, i salute govt. Life is precious. What is school without life.

Pregnancies: so what? Everyone has a right to life, those who must come let them come. Greedy people think they own earth and want to control population.

Resources: theres enough for everyone on this planet. Theres enough for everyone to enjoy life on this planet. Some are kept poor for the sake of control, u cannot control a rich man.

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