Minister of Civic Education Timothy Mtambo said this on Tuesday in Lilongwe during the launch of the civic engagement and community mobilization on COVID19.
According to Mtambo stakeholders are concerned that some students that have currently returned to school are ignoring prevention measures putting the lives of many others at Risk.
Schools reopened on 7th September with concerns that some students are deliberately flouting COVID19 prevention guidelines because they do not understand the severity of the pandemic.
“We have seen some students wearing masks wrongly thinking it is fun. This is unfortunate and we need to engage them,” said Mtambo
It is for this reason that Mtambo emphasizes the need to reach out to students with COVID19 messages in a manner that can easily attract their attention.
NICE Public Trust Executive Director Ollen Mwalubunju is optimistic the initiative will also help protect the elderly who are often in contact with students.
Meanwhile Co-Chairperson of the COVID19 committee Dr. John Phuka believes the exercise may save Malawi from a second wave.
He has since encouraged parents and guidelines to ensure they play a role in educating their children on the need to follow all set prevention measures.
More students are expected to return to school on the 12th of October.