BACK-TO-SCHOOL AMID COVID-19 : SCHOOL OFFICIALS, STUDENTS BRAISING UP PREPARATIONS

The Prime Minister Head of Government recently announced that lessons for examination classes are to resume by June 1, 2020 if the pandemic’s statistics in Cameroon become positive.

With the date of the third term resumption known, school officials as well as pupils and students are poised on ironing out corona virus’ control mechanisms before the D day.

At “Le Phare” bilingual nursery and primary school last Thursday 21 in Yaoundé, we noticed that a disinfection campaign had been launched in the school campus. “In order to welcome students on this special back to school day, our school administration has organised the disinfection of all the school buildings,” Mireille Yolande Moutengue, headmistress of the primary school said.  “A general assembly of the staff will be held the last Friday before the said back to school,” she added. Elsewhere in “L’excellence” college in Guider, hand sanitizers and protective masks have been reserved for students who will be welcomed back in this particular atmosphere. 

In the rural areas, officials have made use of different measures to respect recommendations prescribed by the government “We make use of community radios to sensitise students before they come back on June 1,” Annicet Ngawa, Principal of Bilingual High School Bafamgoum in Batié said. “The students have equally been divided in groups of 24 to respect the social distancing prescribed,” he added.

Concerning the respect of the school curricular, more than 90% of the programme had been covered before the break as the school officials met affirmed. “The third term will be essentially reserved for revision of past examination questions and evaluation of the pupils’ performances,” Mireille Moutengue revealed. “For intermediate classes, we send lessons and exercises to parents through whatsapp forums and they send them back to teachers for corrections” she added. “Since lessons will resume just for examination classes, the decision to promote other students or not will be influenced by their two first term averages” Annicet Ngawa, added

 To ensure that students and the staff stay safe from the virus, other measures such as the use of thermo flashes on everyone before they enter the school campus, the cancelling of lunch breaks, the use of protective masks in and out of the classrooms and the provision of clean water and soap for the washing of hands and cleaning of surfaces are to be respected, experts say. Students and pupils on their side manifest the readiness to regain their classrooms after the long break. “I already have my face mask and hand sanitizer. I am just waiting for June 1, ready to respect the preventive measures,” Susy Tsaki, student in Yaoundé said.

With all these measures taken, the school calendar that has been upset by the novel virus will be fully respected to the benefit of all the educational community.

Aureline MELI/ Journalist

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