LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) –An education activist has launched a stinging attack on government for its decision to recall boarding school students for covid-19 test.
Civil Society Education Coalition says government’s decision for boarding schools to recall students for covid-19 monitoring is time and money wasting and inefficient.
Executive Director for the Coalition, Mr Benedicto Kondowe, says alternatively, students should produce Covid-19 negative certificate on the opening day and test those without it.
He says the decision must be withdrawn.
Government has requested head teachers of boarding schools to retain their students till screening and monitoring exercise is done in view of the covid-19 pandemic.
The call has been made in a joint statement signed by the Secretary for Health, Charles Mwansambo and Secretary for Education, Ms Chikondano Mussa.
It follows a Presidential directive that all students in boarding schools should remain in schools till they have been assessed by health authorities while the rest close for three weeks.
Malawi registered its first Covid-19 cases on April 2, 2020, and closed the year 2020 on December 31 with a cumulative total of 189 Covid-19 deaths and 505 active cases.
But as of Friday, Malawi had cumulatively recorded 445 deaths and active cases had surged to 10,302, according to data sourced from the Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) daily updates.
The country recorded 1316 new cases and 49 deaths Friday, the highest figures of new infections and deaths ever recorded in one day since the first cases were confirmed.
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera, declared a state of national disaster in all the country’s 28 districts on January 12 after the country lost two cabinet ministers on the same day due to the virus pandemic.
The President called for support from the UN organizations, international organizations and the private sector to help the developing country fight the pandemic.