In this regard we welcomed school being officially opened on 6th September 2021.”
Alarmingly, however, the council pointed “within few days of opening, there was an outbreak in Aishalton Primary School which caused several children, all under the age of 12 years to contract the virus, prompting a decision to close the school for a period of time.”
This experience, the council said has exposed glaring gaps in the Education Ministry’s policy for the safe reopening of schools in the country but more importantly, in the hinterland where medical care, facilities and supplies have always been at a minimal. “Many schools are still awaiting sanitizing supplies and support to guarantee that the classrooms are safe and conducive to proper learning. Additionally, when there are delays in decisions to suspend classes our children health is being put further at risk. “Awaiting a decision by regional authorities has shown to be a slow process.