Sovaleni reassures parents that schools are safe to return
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 14/04/2020
Majority of the schools around the country have resumed today after government shut down schools for two weeks on Friday March 27th due to coronavirus precautionary measures.
Despite the government announcing schools resuming today, many parents took to social media to express their concerns regarding their children’s health and safety at school, as government still advises social distancing, a challenge for many schools with an average of 800-1,000 or more students.
However the minister for education and training – Siaosi Sovaleni, reassured parents that schools are being allowed to return upon the advice of the ministry of Health, confirming there are no coronavirus cases in Tonga and so now is the opportunity for the schools to try and carry out their classes before any further disruptions occur due to COVID-19 setting them back.
There was also concern for the standard of hygiene and sanitation in schools whether they have the resources to cater for the students and the minister said they were working on improving the school’s resources by providing further hand wash basins for the schools.
In the meantime, Sovaleni says they are also looking at alternative methods of delivering students education, but for now, they will be capitalising on this opportunity while the country is COVID-19 free, to teach the students in the classroom.
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