MAPSSS notes that the circumstances for the primary and the secondary cycles of the education system are very distinct. Furthermore, the World Health Organisation has published different guidelines for 2-5, 6-11, 12+. In view of this, MEDE may consider different approaches for the three scenarios of the two cycles.
MAPSSS requests that the final decision on the re-opening of schools is to be communicated with parents as soon as possible and not later than Friday 11th September, in order to allow parents and educators to organise themselves accordingly – in terms of professional arrangements but also in terms of logistics should home-schooling be resumed. For the sake of the children’s wellbeing, parents should be in a position to have the necessary time to explain and prepare their children for their new learning reality.
MAPSSS also strongly recommends that MEDE communicates with parents in a more constant and wider way. Formal announcements, protocols, guidelines should be made public on national TV and radio and not limited to MEDE’s website or via Facebook pages. These should be done in both official languages.
Our questions and comments are forwarded to you in the spirit of collaboration for the wellbeing of the children.