BY BEN BILUA
SCHOOL principals, head teachers and chairpersons in Choiseul Province will meet to discuss a safety strategy towards COVID-19.
A total of 60 participants are expected to arrive at the provincial capital, Taro, today to be part of the discussions.
Speaking to Island Sun, Senior Education Officer of Choiseul Province, Henry Deva said the meeting provides an opportunity for leaders to discuss how best schools can better prepare for COVID-19 in the event of an outbreak.
“As we know, numbers of COVID-19 cases is very high in our neighboring country, Papua New Guinea, especially on Bougainville, and the risks are higher for us as we are located very close to the western border,” Deve said.
“Preparation is very important to decrease the risk of this deadly virus transmitting to our province,” he added.
“This is the first of series of meetings that will lead to the production of an effective mechanism and practices for the safety of our students so as our people.”
Deva adds that COVID-19 response plan is a requirement that schools within Choiseul must have in order to emphasis safety practices.
He said the meeting will start off the intervention to draw a suitable response plan for schools and also students to follow when returning to schools next semester.
Deva acknowledges the Ministry of Education and Human Resources with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for funding the training.
He said invitations have been sent to school leaders within the province and he hopes teachers will come in numbers.