Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga has said it is still too early to reopen schools as COVID-19 is still not yet contained, The Herald reports.
Misihairabwi Mushonga said in the meantime schools could make use of the e-learning portals to deliver learning material to pupils. Said Misihairabwi Mushonga:
At the moment, it is premature for anyone to take any position. We should ensure there is safety for both the children and teachers.
Parliament has not been sitting, but we are organising to meet with support from Unicef so we can have an oversight on the issue. Parliament committees should not stop because of Covid-19.
The closure of schools came from the debate we had in Parliament with the ministry and it was felt that it was not safe for children. Let us have consultations
Mushonga’s committee had provisionally recommended that schools open the second week of May before she said they were doing more consultations to determine if it’s safe to open schools in general.
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