About 60 teachers have died of COVID-19, says an education official
Mask-clad students gather in the courtyard of their school in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2021. Photo by Shwan Mohammed / AFP)
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Deputy Head of the Kurdistan Teachers Union Abdulwahid Muhammad said on Sunday (April 11) that approximately 60 teachers have died of the coronavirus since the pandemic arrived in the Kurdistan Region in early March 2020.
Muhammad said at a news conference in Erbil that more than a thousand other teachers have contracted the contagious lung disease.
On March 10, the task force decided to halt in-classroom education for universities, schools and institutes until April 12, except for examinations.
On April 8, the KRG Ministry of Education said that
in-person education will remain shut across the Kurdistan Region except for exams until the KRG anit-COVID-19 task force meet to evaluate the current health state.
Also during the presser, head of the Kurdistan Teachers Union Ahmad Garmiani expressed his opposition to the notion calling for the postponement of in-person education to next year citing surges in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
“We will not agree education be paralyzed or delayed at any rate, but the process should continue by any means and the students should determine their fates themselves, as well as we are calling for the consideration for the areas that do not have internet lines and have few students in a way they should study inside classes for some days or profit another way that students and teachers see each other,” Garmiani said.
He also called plans for first, second and third grades to compensate for their lost time in summer or in the coming academic year.
He also threw his support behind a proposal presented by the education ministry to continue the education process virtually.
Garmian also called on the KRG to stop slashing salaries and employment for more than 17,000 non-bond teachers.
The health officials have warned of a hazardous rise in the infections and some have asked for relative lockdowns.
On Sunday, the Kurdistan Region’s health ministry logged 1,129 new coronavirus cases, 11 new deaths and 360 recoveries over past 24 hours.
Overall, there have been 132,270 officially-logged cases. Out of that, 113,959 have recovered and 3,786 have died.