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Minister Urges Teachers, Students To Keep Guard Up During Pandemic

“If we let our guards down then obviously, we are at risk and we need to keep ourselves safe,” she said.
07 Nov 2021 12:43
Minister Urges Teachers, Students To Keep Guard Up During Pandemic
The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar is urging all teachers and students to not let their guards down during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Kumar made this comment during the Lautoka School for Special Education virtual Diwali celebration on Wednesday.

Ms Kumar said the theme of the event ‘recovering with celebration for a sustainable future’ was relevant because the Diwali festival was celebrated virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic and that some schools remained closed.

She said the country had suffered enough in terms of the economy, in terms of employment and through the loss of lives.

“If we let our guards down then obviously, we are at risk and we need to keep ourselves safe,” she said.

“We cannot forget the pain and suffering that was caused by COVID-19, but what we can do is march ahead and learn from the sufferings and uncertainty caused by COVID-19 in our lives.

“However, we should all be pleased that we are beginning to see better days ahead because of the achievement of our vaccination coverage of our borders for international travel.

“Let us not be complacent. We need to follow COVID- safe protocols all the time.”

 

Mindset

She said it was pleasing to know that the school aimed to change generalised mindsets towards disability through raising awareness and providing extensive support to the parents.

She thanked the teachers for showing courage and despite the lockdown they went ahead and prepared weekly study packages for the children, continued classes through zoom and through other online platforms.

Ms Kumar acknowledged the efforts of all the teachers for taking the step to get vaccinated and continue the passion of teaching.

School Head Teacher, Kailash Pillay said it was heartening to see students join in on the virtual celebration adapting to the new style of learning.

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