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SENEGAL: The resumption of classes on 25 June is not based on any serious scientific basis

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The resumption of classes on 25 June is not based on any serious scientific basis, according to the NGO Human Action for Integrated Development in Senegal (AHDIS) and researchers in education, training and sport at Gaston Berger University (UGB) have learned with surprise and desolation that the Government has decided to reopen classes as of June 25, 2020.

The position of the NGO above:

We would like to condemn this decision, which has no serious scientific basis and would, if applied, lead to difficult situations for the populations, the teachers in particular.

We condemn this decision marked by exclusion and segregation in the choice of a category of pupils and classes. The Government shows there that it is unable to understand that it is no longer the diplomas that are the basis of the grade of the student in this “new” system but the evaluation of the contents throughout the year.

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As a result, we are alerting parents and students, as well as teachers, that the virus is there and more active than before.

Without hesitation, we express our full solidarity and support for the medical community in the fight against this pandemic.
Therefore, we must remember that the State is responsible and responsible for the health of the Senegalese people.

This is why we call on all members of the school government, as well as teachers and students of the Catholic and lay private sector, teachers’ unions in primary, secondary and higher education, to join us in opposing the stubbornness of the Minister of National Education and his team.

We also reiterate our proposals for a Risk Free School and for examinations in normal situations.