The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of The Workers, welcomes the postponement of the reopening of schools for students.
The UPE has managed to convince the Government and the Ministry of Education that such a postponement is crucial under the current circumstances when positive cases of COVID-19 are on the rise.
In its statement this morning, the Ministry made it clear that educators are to start school as planned but this raised other questions as what is to happen with children whose parents are at work.
The UPE is seeking further clarification on the matter, so as to find a reasonable solution to this conundrum.
The Union reiterated that if the government persists in insisting to reopen schools physically, the union stressed that the following points are to be taken on board and adhered to.
There must be adequate distance as delineated, and not inferior to, the distance recommended in the protocols.
There must be a staggered entry to ensure that not all the children walk into the school building at the same time.
There must be some form of screen between students and educators, be it perspex or a roll up, to minimise the repercussions of any close contact there might be between them.
There must be an adequate provision of personal protective equipment and products including, soap, paper towels, face shields, face masks, and gloves, which will allow to cater fully for the educators’ daily needs as they exercise their profession.
The union further emphasized that should any of these conditions and provisions not be in place, it will not hesitate to make its disapproval evident by backing it up with action.