Mixed reations on school reopening, teachers demand risk allowance

Education stakeholders have expressed mixed reactions on presidential decision to reopen schools amid Covid 19 pandemic.

This comes after state president Dr. Lazarus Chakwera announced that schools might open in the first week of September after their closure in March to contain Covid 19.

Reacting to the development, Independent Schools Association of Malawi ISMA said the development is welcome since learners have stayed long without education.

ISMA president Joseph Patel said government has made the right decision adding private schools are ready to adhere to measures put in place to prevent the spread of corona virus in schools.

Patel advised private school teachers and directors to discuss conditions of service on the issue of risk allowance before commencing teaching.

Commenting on the same Teachers Union of Malawi TUM expressed doubt on how prepared are some public schools to meet the condition set to prevent Covid 19.

TUM secretary general Charles Kumchedwa said some public schools especially those in rural areas might not manage the measures that could lead to spread of the virus.

Kumchedwa expressed doubt on government commitment to provide risk allowances to teachers in government schools.


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