Speak out on Re-opening of schools

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“Speak out on Reopening of schools” it’s an online survey and the link will be open up to 31 May. We will use the outcome of the survey to support our advocacy campaign during this Covid19 period. Please open the link and complete the survey questions and also share it with other zimta members, other teachers and or parents. Submit your response on line it’s very simple. Thank you in advance for responding to the survey and sharing the link”

Dr. Sifiso Ndlovu Zimta CEO

Survey link : https://forms.gle/EQQro2ah3F3uNvrz6

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  1. Zimbabwe ICT Teachers’ Association (ZICTTA) t/a ZISEP comments on reopening of schools:

    31 May 2020

    We have been digesting all the submissions and outcomes from several meetings held by the Ministry and Teachers’ Unions and the eventual feeling is ultimate sadness. Why are the authorities throwing us into the lions den? COVID-19 is quite tricky and all that matters is adequate PPE and TESTING . The screening that they are proposing doesnt work because there is the issue of asymptomatic people. How can a mere teacher be expected to handle a health issue that even nurses are said to have run away from? Should they want to proceed with opening schools then each station should have a trained and fully equipped nurse who will liase with authorities in the event of a case.

    Some learners travel to and from school, and would they be safe during travelling? Will the social distancing be a solution yet after schools they will mix with even adults on their way home. The boarding school learners would be kept inside for the whole term after being tested meaning no visits, a school term which is going to be tough and the determination of outcome will be filthy. Will an ECD learner spend 10 minutes wearing a face mask? What about the rural schools without water sources? Water is being sourced frsi far away wells since boreholes are won out for some time now. Will the school fees of less than 100 bond sustain the rural community schools in procuring sanitizers, testing kit and PPE? Will there be some strict measures to prohibit learners buy food from illegal vendors? It has come to our attention that the unscrupulous and illegal money chargers and back all over and the Government is taking any action, so as the vendors.

    Its absurd that poor parents are expected to cater for COVID-19 basics on top of eduacational ones yet they are the very same people who have been struggling with fees and some have lost their informal emoyment. I think as teachers we must stand our ground because we are being set up for blame. We will definitely find ourselves having to compromise and things will go ‘boom’ then they will say its the temoyment

    Passing on the burden to parents will obviously not work especially now that most are just trying to find their economic feet as they emerge from lockdown…its going to be rent arrears, food and school fees etc THEN COVID-19 essentials. It looks like we are substituting lab rats so they get to see what happens when people work without adequate stuf. Maybe we are being too pessimistic but then we all have one life which when we loose we simply become statistics and they will simply recruit the trained thousands jobless pool.

    As ZICTTA, we feel that Zimbabwean teachers have been delayed to be exposed to eLearning and online teaching/learning platform. Training is needed asap for all teachers esp at primary level, but this can be curtailed by lack of resources. We are therefore advising the Ministry of Primary, Secondary & Non-formal Education not to open schools under this xondition where we are experiencing high rate of COVID-19 cases. The recent increment of such cases is the answer itself to the question of reopening of schools taking into account that not only in the quarantined centres could we find cases but some unknown cases for border jumpers and non-tested areas where learners interacting.

    Let’s think about our life and speak with one voice, COVID-19 is dangerous, eLearning is our counter way and we are currently seeking resources to train teachers to use elearning platforms with subsidised data.

    ZICTTA Administration

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