…member schools urged to comply
Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter
The Private Schools Association of Zimbabwe (PSAZ) has welcomed the move to reopen schools by Government and urged its members to heed the Covid-19 measures put in place.
As part of planning for the imminent return of exam classes in schools, stakeholders are now working out the practical logistics for the necessary safe and secure conditions for children.
President Mnangagwa has already directed that public exam classes within schools and final year students at colleges and universities must be allowed to continue under stipulated measures.
Speaking to H-Metro, PSAZ interim Secretary General Loice Magweba said:
“We should not see money in receiving a learner but life and future CEOs, presidents, ministers, engineers and so forth, not money only.
“This is very important so that our schools should act as yardsticks for the next move as far as education is concerned during this pandemic.
“We are the first people to be allowed by the Government to open our schools. We should also respect that and we should not take advantage of the Government by not exercising what is supposed to be done so that we comply with the Covid-19 requirements .
“Failure by the member schools to observe precautionary measures with the
seriousness they deserve will render those concerned liable without the protection of the association.”
Magweba said they are already making frantic efforts to make sure everything is in place.
“The association is not part of the school which is not complying with the current Covid-19 requirements
“Everyone is now very conscious about the requirements to minimise the spread of Cvid-19.
“Unfortunately with the pandemic, new ideas are surfacing every day. The ministry of Health and Child Care always has current information hence the need to consult them on the safe ways of handling our children.
“School authorities should be well informed on current information and should appreciate this new normal and act as an advisory board to the teachers as well as parents.
“Schools should minimise staff movements to and from the school especially at boarding schools and interactions of children and auxiliary staff should also be schooled in order for them to understand how this pandemic can spread from them to our children.
“Our member schools should make sure that the children are protected and exercise our education notion that we should act as parents, we are parents when parents are not there,” she added.
The educationist added:
“Why testing is very important for our children, because the children don’t know whether they have come in contact with infected persons or not.
“Screening plus testing and infection prevention protocols become our first bet to fight this pandemic.
“All school authorities should put their effort and resources towards this preparation before receiving children so that we don’t spread this pandemic.”