As one way of easing COVID-19 restrictions, the government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Education, announced that a presidential task force on COVID-19 has recommended to the president a possible reopening of all school institutions by July 13.
According to a press release by the Ministry of Education, the development came after consulting several stakeholders in the country.
“It is worth pointing out the re-opening of schools, colleges and universities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to loss of lives globally including four in Malawi, is an attempt to ensure a proper balance between the right to education and the right to life. It is for this reason that the taskforce resolved to consult various stakeholders to come up with a common position that ensures safe return to learning,” the press release read.
Meanwhile, the task force also announced that it is working in a systematic and fact-based way to ensure that all of its decision making is informed by the best of public health data and global best practices to ensure a safe re-opening of schools.
There is a growing debate in the country on whether Malawi should reopen its schools as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the country.