As the 32 days of the temporary closure of schools come to an end, I seek to propose that the parliament declares a dead year for nursery education and lower primary up to primary four for this year.
My proposal though may appear inconsiderate to some parents and some school proprietors is premised on the fact that most schools shall find it difficult to enforce the anti-coronavirus hygiene practises among the children in the age group of 3-10years.
The overzealous schools located in urban areas can argue, saying that they have the necessary equipment but looking at the precautionary measures given by the ministry of Health, I believe and fear that we shall just be exposing an entire generation in this lower primary to risk of contracting the COVID-19 disease.
Most of us are products of an education system that regards some of the condemned actions by the ministry of Health as reflex actions.
Looking at “sneezing out and in” call it “okwesyamura” adopted from the vocabulary-rich Runyankole, everyone is expected to use a handkerchief, an action that even most adults forget.
Also, telling these young ones to desist from touching their faces might be easy but difficult for them to put in practice. I know we love an educated society but this should not be at the expense of an entire generation in the wake of a disastrous disease like COVID-19.
With the surging numbers of COVID-19 cases around the East African Community, I propose to the gallant MPs to declare a dead year for nursery section and lower primary in 2020. However painful it shall be if adopted, we shall have taken the decision in the interest of a healthy and promising generation.
The writer is a student of Journalism and mass communication, Uganda Martyrs University