CSEC blames government for schools’ closure extension

The Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) has faulted government for lacking clear direction on the future of the country`s education sector.

This follows a directive by government that the closure of all schools be extended for another two weeks due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country.

But reacting to the directive CSEC Executive Director Benedicto Kondowe has questioned government for failing to provide a detailed assessment for the previous three week school closure.

“Now the same government is directing that boarders should return to their homes, we are wondering as to whether the risk that used to be their has now changed.

“I think there are a lot of contradictions in these announcements and we would appeal to government to be sober and make decisions that will make the education sector and Malawian child be the winner,” said Kondowe.

According to Kondowe, much as the decision aims at protecting both students and teachers from contracting and spreading the virus, there is need to institute a clear strategy on how such decisions should be made.

“Within the two weeks which have been proposed, we are of the view that government needs to do the needful, because we are mindful of the fact that two weeks would also elapse without anything tangible on the ground.

“There is one clear message that can be drawn from the decision that government has been making; government lacks clear strategy in as far as Covid-19 education is concerned, and this is dangerous, not just for the present children but also for the future generation,” said Kondowe.

According to a statement jointly released by secretaries for health and education, all students in boarding secondary schools as well as residential students in colleges and universities should be released to go back home for these two weeks.

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