Experts’ analysis globally theorise that Covid-19 Vaccine may be available next year and the wealthier countries will access it before Africa and it may reach Africa around September 2021 – must we close schools until then?
Additionally, pundits agree that Covid-19 will be around for some time until a vaccine specific for this novel virus is found.
Imperative protocols of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other stakeholders are part of the logistical and medical constraints that may push the full success of the vaccine to 2021.
In many parts of Africa, the arguments rage between pro-open-schools and anti-open schools. Some postulate that keeping children out of school may not stop them from being infected. Others say safety of children cannot be toyed with and all precaution must be taken before exposing the young ones to danger.
One of the big questions is: do we know when it will be safe to send them to school or when Covid-19 will become tameable?
The loss of a full academic year is another threat with its attendant backlogs and backlashes.
How reliable have all the experts’ view been? Menlida Gates said Africa will be worst hit by the pandemic and she prophesied massive deaths and Africa has been the least affected.
Experts warn against undermining precautions and those who despise the warning paid for it with increased infections and deaths.
Unfortunately, our young ones don’t have official representatives from among them like that of the higher schools of learning.
Must we leave the fate of a child to the parent to decide? When and if schools open, parents may or may not send their children?
How effective will virtual education be in some situations and were we really prepared for virtual education?
What of the less privileged children in rural areas areas across Africa – what will be their fate?
Then how long must schools stay shut across the continent? Which home-brewed solutions can we apply?
Perhaps we must invest all resources to ensure safety and allow parents the discretion to send their children back to school when they deem fit.
As we move forward, we must invest more in virtual learning. Researches prove it’s even more cost effective.