In the face of increasing cases of COVID-19 in the education community, the Federaçao Caboverdiana dos Professores (FECAP) has urged the Government of Cape Verde to suspend teaching activities throughout the national territory for a 14-day period.
Evaluation of students
The education union suggested that, as the academic year is ending, it is possible to sufficiently evaluate students to determine the transition or not to the next education level. It said a review of the evaluation could be done at a later stage to decide if the negative views during the transition would be definitive or not.
In relation to the students at tertiary level, FECAP proposed that evaluations be made without later review, because all education processes at this level come to a close at the end of May.
Mass vaccination of educators
As a preventive measure for the next academic year, FECAP general secretary and member of Education International’s Africa Regional Committee, Abraão Borges, urged the government to ensure “the mass vaccination” of teachers, school staff, and students at tertiary education level.
The organisation also urged the Education Ministry to increase the initial or continuous training of teachers in the use of new technology tools for “uncertain futures”. It stressed that “to save education is to save a nation”.