National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) has embarked on a nationwide monitoring of schools to independently ascertain their readiness to open, amidst the new, more deadly wave of Covid-19.
NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa urged the government, through the Ministry of Education, to fund schools in order for the Ministry to actualise the timely and important directive made by Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, over the opening of schools in Zambia.
He added that without any financial commitment from the Ministry, very few schools will be ready to open on the 1st of February 2021.
Mr. Chansa disclosed that more than 2, 500 NAQEZ members will physically visit more than 4,500 primary and secondary schools in all the 10 provinces of Zambia between January 20th and January 27th.
He said during the visits to schools, the association expects to find – among other preparations – availability and adequacy of sanitizers, infrared thermometers, running water and enough desks for the learners.
Mr. Chansa added that a school without the above items would be a serious danger to teachers and learners.