Katete District Commissioner Joseph Makukula has assured parents of children in examination classes in both day and boarding schools, that their children will be safe from Covid-19.
ZANIS reports that Mr Makukula told parents that schools in the area have met strict adherence to public health regulations hence, ensuring safety of pupils that have opened for examinations.
The DC was speaking during an inspection of several schools in the district to check Covid-19 prevention compliance levels as pupils reopened to start learning after almost two months after schools were closed.
“I just want to urge our parents out there, that they should not get scared. I am happy the administration is doing everything possible. They have hand washing facilities and soaps and ensuring social distancing in classes and outside classes,” he said.
Mr Makukula however emphasized the need for continuous sensitisation on physical distancing to help the pupils acclimatize to the new normal.
Meanwhile, Katete Girls Secondary School head teacher Titus Mbewe said his institution remained committed to ensuring that the pupils are protected and necessary information is made available to protect themselves from the pandemic.
“As administration will do everything possible that the scare that is in our pupils and parents is done away with, we are on top of things,” he said.
Elsewhere Omelo Mumba Primary School head teacher Abraham Tembo explained that his institution was ensuring physical distancing is upheld by having 23 pupils per class of the institution’s 240 Grade nine pupils.
“We have put them 23 per class and have divided them in such a way that the grade nines come in the morning and at 12:30 hours we have the grade seven. For the grade sevens we have in fact made 11 classes for them while for grade nine we have made 10 to 11 classes,” he said.
Meanwhile, pupils at Omelo Mumba Primary School have expressed excitement on reopening of schools to enable them write their examinations.
Joshua Banda, a Grade 7 pupil at Omelo Mumba noted that he was excited to write his examination as he dreaded the idea of remaining in the same grade for another year.
“I am excited to write my exams. As regards COVID- 19 preventive measures, I know we have to wear facemasks but they are very uncomfortable,” he said.
And Grace Sakala another Grade seven pupil at the same school is also excited that she is now on the course to writing her examinations and be done with Grade seven.
“I can’t wait to write my exams. The masks are very uncomfortable but we just have to deal with it,” she said.