GTUYTP Urge Teachers to follow Covid-19 rules as schools’ resume
by Adam Drammeh.
The Gambia teachers’ union young teacher platform has urged its members to strictly follow the ministry of health COVID-19 guidelines following the resumption of grade 9 classes by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) last Wednesday.
MoBSE announced that as part of measures designed for the opening of schools, it would work with various Regional Education Directorates “to ensure compliance on the social distance and availability of COVID-19 essentials such as; sanitizers, thermometers, face masks, sanitary materials, and water points in addition to continuous cleaning of schools and fumigation”.
In light of these, the Young Teachers Platform urges all grade 9 teachers to prepare to answer to the national call.
“We are very much aware of the risks involved, considering the current status of the COVID-19 in the country.
As such we implore on you to respect and adhere to precautionary measures advised by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health,” Alhagie B. Sama, Interim Chairman of GTUYTP
We also urge you to keenly note the information provided by the ministry as preconditions for the opening of schools, he added.
He noted that; “Do not hesitate to report to relevant authorities in the event of the absence of what is contained in the ministry’s statement as conditions for the opening of schools. We value the health and life of the students and our members.”
He however, applauded the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, the Government and other stakeholders, adding that “the Young Teachers Platform recognizes your collective efforts in these trying times. The radio and television lessons are a clear manifestation of the huge interest the government through the ministry attaches to the country’s education sector.”
“As we move into another phase, that’s the opening of schools, we want to urge all authorities to ensure that adequate measures are taken to safeguard the lives of the teachers and the pupils. Thus, we call on the concerned authorities to implement accordingly the preconditions highlighted in the statement of the Honorable Minister,” he said.
He said they would want the ministry and partners to note that, the Young Teachers Platform values the safety of the children and teachers affected by the decision of the ministry.
As such they would monitor happening in schools and would raise the alarm where necessary.
In as much as we monitor, we must also ensure that we execute our services in schools effectively and efficiently, for the interest of the children and the nation.
We must never forget to adhere to the precautionary and safety measures. We pray the Almighty Lord continue to guide and protect us and put to history the COVID, he added.