By Draxon Maloya
As a way of maintaining a safe teaching and learning environment, Kunyanja Private Secondary School of Nkhatabay District is leaving no stone unturned in its preparations for reopening of schools on Monday, 7th September.
The school has since made a donation of various personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the communities surrounding the school premises.
One of the school’s Directors, Sydney Simumba said the school management thought of making sure that the learning environment at the institution should be fully secured by among others ensuring that even community members around the school premises should fully be practicing covid-19 preventive practices at all times.
“As a community school we thought of ensuring that the safety of our staff and learners cannot be guaranteed if our surroundings are not providing a free learning environment, mainly when we think of the coronavirus pandemic which is a catastrophe among us, so we decided to assists with these PPEs,” Simumba said.
In a separate interview the president for Independent Schools Association of Malawi (Isama) Joseph Patel expressed gratitude with the development saying many private schools have already finalized all the preparatory works since they expected schools to be reopened in June.
“Within the guidelines given to us by the government through the ministry of education we are also mandated to sensitise the communities on the dangers of covid-19, we thought schools would be opened in June just like other countries around us but honestly we have delayed so much, but we are ready,” Patel said
Speaking when he presided over the donation of PPEs, Senior Chief Mkumbira urged security agancies to closely monitor foreigners who frequently visit the district being one of the tourism destinations hence rendering people in the district vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic.
According to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Health on Monday 31st of August, 2020, the country is now registering a significant reduction in number of those contracting coronavirus though with 30 new cases recorded, 2231 still remain active cases, 3160 recoveries, 175 total deaths from a total number of 45,505 tests conducted.