Students loitering amid COVID-19 concerns Mayor Francis
Castries Mayor Peterson Francis.
Castries Mayor Peterson Francis is concerned about school students loitering in the streets amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Francis concerns followed the reopening of schools this week after an over five-month closure due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted classes.
With strict protocols in place at the learning institutions, Francis hopes that the new normal will deter the longstanding practice of loitering in the city of Castries.
Loitering, he observed, has always been an issue.
“All we can do is wait and hope that common sense and good judgement on the part of students prevail,” Francis.
He added: “Based on what I have seen I wish to commend and congratulate the Ministry of Education for a job well done. I believe they have exceeded expectations by meeting the required protocols and working hard to ensure the successful reopening of schools.
“This evidently demonstrates that the Ministry of Education had a systematic plan, which was executed to the surprise of many. What is critical at this stage is ensuring that they maintain it.”
In addition, Francis said sensitising students must be at the forefront of the agenda in order that they adopt and adjust to the new normal.
“Students must recognise that they should be part of that success mantra, and how best they can contribute to it by not loitering in the city after school is dismissed,” he added.