Covid 19 -meeting : Sharing ideas and thoughts on the reopening of schools

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All Stakeholders Meeting @ MoPSE

Venue: Main auditorium Mt Pleasant
Starting time: 09:00 hrs
Date: 12-05-2020

In attendance: Ministry of Education personnel, Local and Responsible Authorities, Teacher Unions, Parents Reps, Business Sector

Present Unions: Mubwandarikwa, Kapfunde (PTUZ); Zhou (ZIMTA) and Chinosengwa (ZINEU).

Introductions were facilitated by Mr Musakanya- MoPSE DPED

Opening Remarks by the PED Mr C. C. Kateera

*Outlined the objectives of the gathering as a platform to share ideas and thoughts on the reopening of schools
*Stated the challenges and the need to provide education in the wake of Covid 19
*Acknowledged the authorities’ lack of preparedness and wanted stakeholders to offer possible solutions as well as expectations

Unions submissions
*Teacher Unions present made the following submissions
*Schools can only consider reopening when the Ministry of Health has confirmed a flat curve or no curve at all on Covid 19 cases and this status to be certified by the World Health Organization
*Provision of disposable masks to the over 3 million learners and +134 000 teachers
*Fumigation and cleaning of all the nearly 10 000 schools countrywide at least twice daily
*Reduction of class sizes to a teacher /pupil ratio of at least 1:20 by employing more teachers and engaging all stakeholders to secure more furniture for smooth implementation of social distancing
*Put in place Covid Response Teams in every district to monitor the situation. These should include health personnel
*Provision of clean running water at all schools
*Abandon extracurricular activities and assemblies and any other gatherings that may pose a threat
*Fumigation and certifying plus declaration of all schools currently being used as quarantine centres as safe zones before teachers and learners can set foot on them.
*A coordinated e-learning program designed to reach out to as many learners as possible. stake holders including parents pledged support to the schools.

Schools run by ZRP promised to do everything in their power to make their schools safe and they suggested a staggered opening starting with examination classes.
DSIs requested the training of schools heads and teachers and other personnel in the system on Covid 19 issues.
The ministry thanked all and promised that their door will remain open for more ideas and suggestions. The gathering exposed the Ministry’s lack of preparedness and carefree attitude on this serious matter and we need to put our foot down and stand our ground for our safety and that of our children.

Compiled By Mubwandarikwa Charles T. (Ptuz Harare Provincial Chairperson )

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