Start homeschooling, distance learning amid Covid-19 - MPs

10Apr 2020
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Start homeschooling, distance learning amid Covid-19 - MPs

MEMBERS of Parliament yesterday advised the government to come up with a national homeschooling and distance learning strategy to enable pupils and students who are at home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic to continue learning.

Hawa Mchafu

The lawmakers asserted that as the country struggles to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus with schools closed, parents are stranded with no idea of the future of their children’s education.

Debating budget estimates of the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) for the year 2020/21, MPs called for immediate action to keep the children learning.

Hawa Mchafu (Special Seats, CCM) said that the government can arrange TV or radio programmes and use program teachers to handle such learning for children for a few hours every day.

“The government has to take this matter seriously to support children by coming up with educational technologies to provide remote learning opportunities for primary school children and those in secondary schools,” she said.

For his part, Hamidu Bobali (Mchinga, CUF) said that apart from facilitating distance learning, the government should also make sure that the children are protected by supplying them with enough sanitizers in classroom units within residential areas.

“The government should use the funds allocated for free education in the meantime to purchase enough sanitizers and other protective tools and supply them to school children. Pupils in rural areas are the ones in high risk as they have little ability to purchase soaps and masks,” he said.

The MP also urged the government to capacitate the Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA) to enable it fulfill its tasks of improving road infrastructures, saying that the allocated 300bn/- wasn’t enough for the agency.

Joseph Haule (Mikumi, Chadema) said that most roads and bridges in his constituency were dilapidated and that the government had shown no commitment to improve them.

“Most wards in Mikumi constituency are disconnected following poor road infrastructures in those areas, I have been speaking on this for a long time but no measures are taken…the ongoing rains have gone further to cause more destruction,” he elaborated.

Hasna Mwilima (Kigoma South, CCM) said that there are several roads in her constituency which need immediate action by the government to improve them so as to promote economic activities.

The government should come up with an alternative strategy to ensure that more funds are dished out to finance rural road rebuilding following heavy rains pounding many parts of the country, she added.

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