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Young Teachers Platform concerned over reopening of schools

Jun 26, 2020, 12:51 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Gambia Teachers Union Young Teachers Platform (GTUYTP) said it is concerned over the Government’s decision to resume classes for grade 9 students across the country, starting yesterday Wednesday.

The decision to reopen schools for the grade nine students is part of the government relaxation of some of the COVID-19 state of emergency measures.

Basic and Secondary Education The Minister said in a statement that as part of measures designed for the opening of schools, they will work with various Regional Education Directorates to ensure compliance on social distancing and availability of COVID-19 prevention equipment such as sanitizers, thermometers, face masks, sanitary materials, and water points in addition to continuous cleaning and fumigation of schools.

In a statement signed by the GTUYTP interim chairman, Alhagie B. Sama, the young teachers said in light of the decision to reopen schools for grade 9 students, they are very much aware of the risks involved, considering the current status of the COVID- 19 in the country.

They implored on students and teachers to respect and adhere to precautionary measures as advised by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health.

“We also urge you to keenly note the information provided by the ministry as preconditions for the opening of schools. We advise students and teachers not to hesitate to report to relevant authorities in the event of the absence of what is contained in the ministry’s statement as conditions for the opening of schools. We value the health and life of the students and our members,” GTUYTP stated.

The Platform however recognized the collective efforts of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, the Government and other stakeholders in these trying times, saying the radio and television lessons are clear manifestation of government and the ministry’s huge interest in the country’s education sector.

They further urged all authorities to ensure that adequate measures are taken to safeguard the lives of teachers and pupils, calling on concerned authorities to accordingly implement the preconditions highlighted in the statement of the Minister.

“We would want the ministry and partners to note that the Young Teachers Platform values the safety of the students and teachers affected by its decision. As such, we will monitor what will be happening in schools and would raise the alarm where necessary. “

The Platform also called on all its regional representatives and members of the teaching fraternity to committedly monitor happenings in schools.

“In as much as we monitor, we must also ensure that we effectively and efficiently execute our services in schools for the interest of the children and the nation."

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