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COVID-19: Learners, academic calendars sent off course

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GOVERNMENTS throughout the world have closed schools and institutions of learning in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These closures will definitely have a negative impact on learners and will disrupt the academic calendars this year.
As of April 3, over 421 million learners have been out of school and UNESCO has stepped in to support countries in their efforts to mitigate the impact of closures, particularly for the vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, as well as to facilitate the continuity of education through remote learning.
The closures have not only impacted learners who are missing out on social contact that is essential to learning and development; it has also affected teachers, and families. This is especially true for parents with limited education and resources.
This is the time that parents should set time aside to assist their children with academics, especially those who are unable to study on their own for various reasons. There are some learners who can only study if they are in a school environment which is not possible at the moment due to the closures. Hence, parents have to step in to make sure the children utilise this time off school wisely. This is not to say that all learners need assistance, some children are able to work on their own with minimum supervision.
With the way the Covid-19 is progressing, it could go on for months, but when schools do eventually open, most children will go straight into examinations or tests in order to make up for all the lost time.
It is, therefore, imperative for parents to continually encourage children to use their time off school wisely so that when the doors to schools and institutions of learning are eventually opened, children will not have to struggle to adapt to school life which will be rigorous. This is not time to relax especially for children in examination classes; every minute counts.
With all that said, children should always be encouraged to frequently wash their hands, avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth, practice social distancing, and only leave the house if they really have to.
Covid-19 is real; stay at home and keep safe!
Remember, children are our future, until next week, take care.

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