Ministry of Education urges Covid-19 school safety guidelines to be respected

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 31 October 2020 at 10:38

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education in charge of primary and secondary schools, Twagirayezu Gaspard, has asked teams established to monitor the implementation guidelines in the fight against covid-19 in schools, to stay active so that there is no spread of this pandemic which may lead to closure of schools.

The minister made the call on October 29, 2020, in a meeting that attracted various leaders of the Northern Province, District Leaders of the Province and Sector Education Officers.

It was intended to assess the progress of the school reopening process and to identify the challenges with the ultimate intent of squarely addressing them.

It has been almost seven months since all schools were closed to prevent Covid-19.
Students are now returning to school at the end of the school year.

Schools have been urged to do their utmost to closely monitor student compliance with the Covid-19 prevention guidelines, and to form groups including school principals, local and security officials, Sector Education Officers, teachers, doctors, and parents committees and others to check if respected.

Twagirayezu urged the members of the group not to neglect their responsibilities, adding that it would be possible only with the involvement of all stakeholders.

"Our country has come a long way in avoiding Covid-19, there are lessons we have learned that we will continue to use in schools, but the important thing is to follow the guidelines which is why we have come together here to discuss them," he said.

"But there is also a task force that we have set up that will monitor schools, see if the children are complying, well dressed and covered, if they have crossed the required distance, to see if there is enough information on the epidemic and on the protection of children who have it."

"All this has been done to ensure that schools will continue to function properly without any worries. What we urge this team to do is to ensure that these activities are carried out without delay, which is related to providing all the information needed for prevention, and this will work well for leaders at all levels, from child to home, if they follow them and they feel that it is up to them, we will have no worries about closing the schools again.”

Some of the members of these groups, including those in charge of education in the sectors have said that they are ready to comply with their responsibilities so that the instructions to fight the covid-19 at the schools will be implemented, as it should.