Teachers through their various unions are against the government imposing e-learning and reopening schools when the COVID-19 threat is still not contained, The Standard reports. Teachers reportedly said e-learning will disadvantage majority of the leaners who cant access e-learning facilities.
This was revealed in a joint statement released by the teachers union in which the educators urged the government to first open bars and churches to test the contagious effect of gatherings of 50+ people before opening schools.
PTUZ’s statement on the reopening of schools said:
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We will challenge the decision to impose online learning on all pupils as this will clearly disadvantage 70-80% of primary and secondary school children. They have no gadgets, no power, no data. We can’t celebrate modernity when we have not invested in it.
ARTUZ also said:
Government’s hurried schools opening programme is inspired by pursuit of elite interests. They don’t care much about our public schools; they are supporting business as usual.
Our public schools have no capacity to open under the obtaining environment. The poor will be left behind.
The government has proposed a 5 phased schools reopening schedule they are yet to implement.
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