As of this Monday, the number of face-to-face school days of POV is increasing. In fact, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 8th grade students will go to school three times a week, while from 5th, 6th and 9th to 13th grade they will go to school four times a day. Therefore, schools are preparing to implement this new protocol.
Annand Seewoosangkur, President Mauritius Teachers Association (MHTA) says preparations are underway, but there would be some anxiety. “Some facilities do not have adequate infrastructure for class division”, he explains. “So they’ll have to settle for the number of rooms they have.” As for the schedule, it is up to the directors of the institutions to work according to the schedule. “Each subject will be devoted 50 to 55 minutes a day”, informs the president of the association.
As a reminder, the Ministry of Education established new protocols on October 7. Therefore, school officials should develop classroom seating plans and determine seating arrangements where possible. Morning assemblies may be organized in accordance with the standards of physical distancing and health measures in force. The same goes for physical education classes. The canteens will work, but under strict sanitary conditions.
Besides, National Education Counseling Service (NECS) will provide ongoing psychological support to schools. Cleaning and disinfection of school land, water tanks, school buildings, canteens and classrooms must be done regularly. Wearing a mask is still mandatory, except for preschool children or children who are exempt from wearing a mask for medical reasons. Schools should also ensure proper hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene at all times.