Vaccinate teachers


MOKOBENG: One of the highlights of President Mokgweetsi Masisi's address to the nation last week Tuesday was the closing of schools. This was long overdue owing to a spike in Covid -19 cases and related deaths in the country with schools hard hit.

Schools closure brought a sigh of relief in the teaching fraternity, which, is reeling, from high casualties. It is evidently clear that schools are super spreaders of the dreaded disease. Drastic measures were thus needed to control spiralling infection rates.

Teacher trade unions have fought relentlessly for schools to close due to alarming rates of infections and associated deaths in schools. It is not the first time schools closed abruptly. In March 2020, the schools were forced to close in order for health and political leadership acquainted themselves with the pandemic, which was causing havoc in developed European countries. By then, the country had not registered any case.

Editor's Comment
Respect public institutions Mr Pres

Leaders must uphold the rule of law and ensure justice, but Masisi’s remarks raise serious concerns on the separation of powers and the independence of the justice system.Masisi’s claim that he personally instructed authorities not to handcuff Khama, regardless of the legal circumstances, undermines the principles of justice and equality before the law.As Head of State, Masisi should respect the judicial process and avoid interfering in...

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