Pupils at Matshelagabedi Primary School in Northern Botswana are fully armed with masks, very much alive to social distancing rules and other vital COVID-19 containment protocols.
As schools have opened doors for learning and teaching despite the unfolding global scare, the children’s countenances reveal a hunger for the basic right that education is. They are enthusiastic, and actively participate in lessons.
The teachers are of the same spirit, despite the fact that maintaining a metre or two apart among pupils has left the school one classroom short. To solve the problem, the administration block is being used as a classroom.
Every morning, the school Head, Gladys Kgetlhe, and other teachers boil water used by learners for handwashing. An effort to protect children from winter chills.
Gestures such as this one have not gone unnoticed by government authorities.
“Teachers and parents have really gone an extra mile to help government in the war against COVID-19, this is the kind of cooperation needed at a time of crisis,” quips the area Member of Parliament, Dr Douglas Letsholathebe.
In an interview with the Global Post, during his visit meant to appreciate schools’ compliance to Corona virus regulations in Tati East constituency, the former University of Botswana lecturer says as much as education is a right, health remains top priority.
Local schools opened to lower grades on June 22 after completing classes of standard 7s, form threes and fives commenced earlier at the beginning of June to prepare for final examinations. At the moment, legislators and education ministers are visiting schools to appreciate how they are coping and complying with COVID-19 protocols.
Letsholathebe wrapped his visits to eight schools by donating three blankets, masks, an infrared thermometer for use in compliance to set Corona virus prevention measures like having a sickbay at schools, wearing masks as well as temperature checks and registration.