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Coronavirus: govt challenged to protect learners if second wave hits

The government is being challenged to come up with measures that will ensure schools and learners are not affected should Malawi be hit by a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

These are the views of Desmond Mhango who is the chairperson of the Non-governmental organisation- Coalition on Child Rights.

Mhango’s sentiments come as some parts of Europe have been hit by the second wave of the pandemic forcing some countries into partial and in some cases total lockdowns.

According to Mhango failure to have prior preparations may affect the education sector and learners once again as it was the case in March this year. Schools across the country reopened about a month ago after a six-month closure that was meant to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Mask wearing was made mandatory in all learning institutions.

He said: “It will be important for the national to start preparations now to avoid a repeat of what happened in March this year”.

While admitting that the virus may not hit the country right away due to differences in the weather conditions between most parts of Africa and Europe, Mhango pointed out that the government should still put aside resources for the protection of children and teachers for the continued smooth running of school in the country.

Hand washing facilities were also introduced in schools.

Recently, while addressing the nation on Tonse Alliance’s 100 days in power at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, President Lazarus Chakwera revealed that his administration was working on measures to ensure that people are cushioned should a second wave hit the country.

Chakwera however did not provide details of how and when the measure will be implemented as well as how the education sector would be protected to avoid future closures.

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