by Clemans Miyanicwe
Secretary general of the United Democratic Front Women’s League (UDFWL) Dorcas Shikongo says parents should not be at liberty to send their children to school amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I believe the government is keeping parents hostage psychologically when expecting them to decide whether to send their kids to school or not. Let it be categorically clear that parents can’t be at liberty to risk the precious lives of the future generations,” Shikongo says.
She says no parent feels like homeschooling amid the pandemic and many have no or inadequate resources to do so.
She says parents and children are already traumatised enough, yet are faced with a choice between face-to-face learning or homeschooling.
“The children are about to be deprived of what is enshrined in Article 20 of the Namibian Constitution. Thus we can proceed with the face-to-face teaching of grades 11 and 12 only,” Shikongo said.
She said the face-to-face teaching of grades 0 to 10 should be called off, because it involves a big number of children.
“It’s important to decide what to do, for tomorrow is precious. Let them miss a grade today for their existence tomorrow,” Shikongo yesterday said.
She said if a newborn baby can contract Covid-19, what about children.