Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Party Spokesperson Yotam Mtayachalo has commended President Edgar Lungu for reopening schools in the country.

Mr Mtayachalo told ZANIS in an interview that the FDD has welcomed the move for all leaning institutions to reopen although the announcement  was long overdue.

He said the prolonged closure of schools had negatively affected pupils with some indulging in bad acts.

“Some of them especially girls are now pregnant and cannot go back to school while others have aborted their pregnancies which is not good for their health,” he said.

Mr Mtayachalo observed that the prolonged closure of schools not only affected the pupils but also paralyzed the financial positions of learning institutions especially private schools, who earn an income through school fees.

“We hope strict health guidelines will be observed in learning institutions to curb further the spread of the virus,” he said.

Mr Mtayachalo further added his voice on the opening of bars and night clubs as welcome move that will resuscitate business that have crippled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said bar owners should have access to loan facilities to help revive the business that have experienced a meltdown following a shutdown.

He also appealed to the education and entertainment sector to adhere to health guidelines as they reopen their facilities.

And some parents talked to in Chinsali District have welcomed the reopening of schools as most children’s academic performance was affected.

Mary Mwansa said pupils have stayed for so long without learning hence it is important that they get back to school before they involve themselves in bad vices.

“Most of them are doing nothing at their homes and others just drink alcohol at a younger age which is not good, “she said.

In March this year government closed schools as part of the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

President Edgar Lungu last week Friday announced the reopening of all learning institutions following insignificant cases of coronavirus pandemic, while bars and night clubs are allowed to operate Friday to Sunday subject to adhering to the public health guidelines.

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