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Back-To-School 2020/2021: School Resumption in a healthy style

A Workshop to Equip and Update School Health Professionals: Mens sana in corpore sano. So is the meaning of the two-day workshop organized by the Ministry of Secondary Education with the support of the Ministry of Public Health at the Teacher’s Resource Centre in Yaounde, from 25 to 26 September 2020.

The workshop aims to build the capacities of school health professionals so as to ensure a 2020/2021 school year void of Covid-19 in the Ministry of Secondary Education. This would be achieved thanks to two steering documents: a Psychopedagogical Support Guide for Students during the 2020/2021 School Year and a Nutritional Education Manual for Secondary School Students. These tools will enable stakeholders in school health to better implement health protocols used in secondary schools against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

During the opening ceremony co-presided at by Prof Nalova Lyonga, Minister of Secondary Education, and Dr Manaouda Malachie, Minister of Public Health, experts from both ministries gave a concise presentation of the documents whose contents will be discussed in-depth during workshops.

Both ministers were satisfied with the manuals produced ahead of school resumption and in response to the prevailing health crisis. They all agreed on the key role played by health and education in the development of a country. More importantly, one can only teach healthy and sound individuals, hence the need to preserve the health of school children.

Back-To-School 2020/2021: School Resumption in a healthy style
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Building on the aphorism, “I live because I am clean”, Prof Nalova Lyonga commended the support enjoyed from the Ministry of Public Health in improving the living standards within the school milieu. The Minister welcomed the proposal made by the expert from the Ministry of Public Health, to have school canteen operators be delivered certifications in nutrition as a way to ascertain that school children are proposed food items with healthy nutritional contents. The promotion of healthy eating habits in school adds value to the Clean School vision in force in the Ministry of Secondary Education.

As a reminder, this capacity-building workshop is second to a first one organized by the Ministry of Secondary Education, from 10 to 11 September 2020, relating to the practice of extracurricular activities amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

A. Ngidjol

Celcom/MINESEC

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Schools to officially resume in Cameroon on the 1st of June 2020.

By renewing its barrier measures, the government announced Thursday, April 16th, 2020 the date for the resumption of classes. The resumption of other activities will follow suit. Schools to officially resume on the 1st of June 2020.

Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute

The optimistic tone dominated the evaluation meeting of the interdepartmental committee monitoring the response plan against COVID-19. Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute affirms that “actions to limit the spread of the virus are producing encouraging results”. The government, therefore, plans to resume school and university activity on June 1.

The closure of the establishments will come to an end. We should expect a change in the calendar of the school year by the departments concerned. New dates must, therefore, be set for the end-of-year exams. We will have to make up for the two months sacrificed in the fight against COVID-19

A Blank School Year?

The interest in communicating this resumption date is to keep the educational community mobilized. It is with this objective in mind that the E-learning method was introduced.

You shouldn’t think about a fishtail end of the school year. In the two ministerial departments concerned, it is clearly indicated that the school programs were more than 70% completed.

[Back 2 School] Schools to officially resume on the 1st of June 2020.

To GCE Candidates

The threshold of 600 hours of lessons was crossed. So there was never any question of considering a white year. Candidates for official exams must continue their preparation, pending the new dates.

The prerequisites for resumption

Before May, the government must complete the widespread screening of travelers. The management of positive cases continues. We should cross the 20,000 tests mark this weekend.

Specialized teams will, therefore, have one month to track down cases of community contamination. Nothing changes on the generalization of the wearing of masks and hygiene rules in public places.

Fight against Convid-19 Pandemic

The government is also committed to the local production of good quality masks. The open market situation is a concern across the country.

The continuation of mass screening depends on the material: 300,000 tests and 100 respirators. These respirators will be used to manage patients.

Barrier measures (no assembly, restriction in transport, systematic handwashing) have not changed. The government is continuing to seek funding (FCfa 58 billion).

The response to COVID-19 must be funded and the national economy revived. The identification of the economic impact and support mechanisms continues.

References

Journal Du Cameroon

CRTVWEB

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