Academic calendar across the world has been affected by the covid-19 pandemic. Schools reopening in Cameroon remains a sensitive subject.
On Monday May 11, 2020, the World Health Organization published a series of advises for school reopening as some countries make plans to resume.
The organization is concerned with the management of the virus in schools.
Accordingly, the WHO requires that everything in schools must be kept clean, tables and benches spread one metres apart from each other, and the policy of wearing mask or face cover must be adopted.
” Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, desks, toys, supplies, switches, play equipment, teaching aids used by children, and book covers should be cleaned and disinfected ,” said the WHO.
In accordance with national and local guidelines, the wearing of mask or face covers should be a developed policy.
” Provide enough medical masks to those who need them, such as school nurses and children with symptoms, ” WHO insist.
The WHO also call on schools to make available ” sufficient hydroalcoholic gel or soap and clean water at the entrance to the school and throughout the school ” .
Not leaving out distancing, the organization also advocates for the maintaining of social distance of at least a meter for all those present at the various school campuses.
” If it’s difficult, the alternative is to have lunch at the classroom table ,” says the organization.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been expressing deep concern about the disruption of the academic calendar, with fear of the consequences it will bring on the disadvantaged children.
Since March 18, the Cameroon of Cameroon suspended all the schools as a measure to contain the disease.
” This decision directly affects the schooling of more than 7.2 million pupils and students throughout the country, including more than 4.3 million children enrolled in primary education with 47% of girls, ” UNESCO estimates.
On April 17, 2020, the government of Cameroon announce the resumption of schools for June 1, 2020.
But according to the evolution of the pandemic, the Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute said the resumption of courses is likely to “readjust”.