Students to march over closure of schools

Some concerned students say they will march to the Office of the President and Cabinet to seek clarification from the government on closure of schools.

The march, which is slated for Wednesday in three cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre aims at asking authorities on their clear plan in regards to the reopening of schools following the two week extension closure.

According to Publicity Secretary of the Concerned Students Kelvin Kasanga, government seems to be lacking clear direction on the matter following its indecisive decisions on closure of schools amid Covid-19 pandemic.

“We want to give our concerns to the office of the OPC through the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, they should explain why they are extending the holiday, and they should give us the clear understanding.

“They have told us to wait for two weeks, so if that two weeks elapse, we want ask government about their plans of reopening schools, we want to know clearly,” emphasised Kasanga.

Kasanga said if authorities will not address their concerns through their petition, they will engage a next undisclosed step.

“We have planned stages on how we are going to show our grievances to the Presidential Taskforce so if they are not going to respond what we want, we are going to take another step,” said the frustrated Publicity Secretary for the concerned students.

Schools in the country were earlier closed for three consecutive weeks on January 17 this year after a directive by President Lazarus Chakwera following a surge in positive Coronavirus cases and deaths.

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