OPPOSITION Leader Hon Matthew Wale has questioned the Government if there are any plans in place for schools around the country.
In a statement today, Hon Wale said whilst he understands that schools have been closed indefinitely as a result of the community transmission, he has questioned government response plans for our students and schools.
“I am aware that the Government through the education ministry is working on a new mode of learning for schools. It would be appropriate for the ministry to let us know how this is going to work out for students and teachers,” he said.
The Opposition Leader also queried the education ministry’s learning continuity program for students on SIBC and E-resources for students to be posted on the Internet as announced by the ministry recently.
“How will this work for most of our rural schools that do not have access to radio and Internet?” he questioned.
He said the current situation is also an opportunity for the government and other stakeholders to discuss on practical means of venturing into a new era of digital learning for our children.
“Even during this time education should never be an option but a necessity. The government should invest in accessibility to online learning in schools as part of its new mode of learning,” Hon Wale said.
Hon Wale said the new normal should also push forward innovative modes of teaching and the need for government support in that area.
The Opposition Leader has also urged the government to look at ways to also prioritize vaccination for school children and students.
Hon Wale said the new modes of learning must take these concerns into account.
Meanwhile, Hon Wale has also questioned when school results are expected to be released, as thousands of students and parents are still eagerly waiting.