Task force recommends safe re-opening of Malawi schools

The National Planning Taskforce on the Possible Re-opening of Schools, Colleges and Universities has recommended to the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus (Covid-19), that all schools, colleges and universities be re-opened on July 13, 2020.

Civil Society Education Coalition, Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe: Re-open schools

The Taskforce said in a statement signed by its chairperson Professor Lewis Dzimbiri of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources that it will provide specific details and conditions for the possible reopening of schools after it finalises its consultations.

In order to achieve its mandate effectively, the Taskforce said it has  set up teams composed of representatives of private and public universities and colleges, primary and secondary schools, civil society organizations and development and Cooperating Partners with interest in education into three subcommittees as follows:

  • Logistics: This sub-committee is looking into operationalizing the tools and services to achieve safe return to schools.
  • Basic and Primary Education: This sub-committee was tasked to review and come up with detailed and comprehensive recommendations based on facts on how to achieve safe return to school for primary and secondary schools.
  • Higher Education: This sub-committee was tasked to review and come up with detailed and comprehensive recommendations based on facts on how to achieve safe return to school for institutions of higher learning – both public and private.

“The Taskforce further wishes to inform the general public and all stakeholders that it is working in a systematic and fact based way to ensure all its decision making is informed by the best of public health data and global best practices that ensure safe re-opening,” reads the statement in part.

The Taskforce has since urged the public and all stakeholders to provide their input for the safe return to school.

Civil Society Education Coalition executive director Benedicto Kondowe, a member, argued that Standard Eight, Form Four, IGSCE and fourth year students in universities and colleges could go back to school.

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Mtamba
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Mtamba

I agree with this decision

Ngombwax
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Ngombwax

For private schools, the rush to open them has absolutely nothing to do with the educational needs of the students. It has everything to do with the bottom line: they will run out of business if fees are not collected soon. An extremely unenviable position they’re in!!

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Schools should open forthwith and shouldn’t have closed in the first place. This just shows how thick this so called president is. Closing schools with no single case in the country while keeping the boarders wide open. And you are letting people packed like sardines at political rallies and yet schools remain closed, pathetic. Mwangoasokoneza ana sukulu you clueless bunch.

Mr Chekamtanda
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nyc decision

Chikoti
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Chikoti

Yes std.8 and form 4, will be a better yardstick to.see whether its indeed practically safe to re open schools..only a fool test the waters with both legs..

Kalulu Wadwala
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Mungofuna fees mwashota . You want to kill other people children.

Mwini muzi.
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Please take care. Some of the private bible schools become so congested such that control of COVID will be a challenge.

Peloma Pepe
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Peloma Pepe

Opening of a few classes (Std 8, Form 4, Fourth Year) makes more sense and would be a prudent decision than all classes. This would help to taste the waters with one leg before deeping both. Be careful, any poor decision could ignite the spread to biblical proportions.

Ida
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Ida

I, second

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