Mali Teachers Strike Over COVID-19 Concerns As Schools Resumes
Teachers in the West African state of Mali went on strike Tuesday, the first day schools resumed after two months of closure, over fears of the spread of coronavirus.
Details of the number of students affected were not disclosed, but seven teachers’ unions are striking, officials said, in a move that will hit public primary and secondary schools, as well as teacher-training colleges involved.
The government shut schools to tackle coronavirus in late March. The reopening on Tuesday is made only for final year students who are facing exams.
Sambou Diadie Fofana, the general secretary of Mali’s National Union of Secondary School Teachers, told AFP that the strike was triggered by a “lack of measures (taken) in schools to protect everyone”.
Authorities have confirmed 1,351 coronavirus cases in the country to date, with 78 deaths.