Education Ministry amends school holidays due to coronavirus outbreak

Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has amended school calendars for teachers and learners with immediate effect, acting minister of the ministry, Martin Andjaba said in a media statement availed to Nampa on Monday indicates.

Learners and Teachers will go officially got holiday today (Monday) and the school will reopen on 14 April 2020, while the second term will end on 31 July 2020.

The schools will reopen on 24 August 2020 and close of 04 December while teachers are expected to go on holiday on the 9 December 2020.

“Based on these amendments, crucial emphasis must be placed on the second term for teaching learning and assessment to prepare learners for the second term examinations, these examinations will cover the content of both the first and second term, therefore learners will not receive a first-term progress report. The second term progress report should be used for admission,” he said.

Andjaba added that school management ensure that upon the commencement of schools in the second term, the cleanliness of schools, libraries and other educational institutions must be a key priority and all schools must strengthen the implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiative ensuring that there is sufficient soap and tippy taps available.

Parents and guardians are urged to ensure that appropriate precautionary measures are taken at home in line with the directives of the World Health Organisation (who) and the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

“Parents must further oversee consistency study plans for children at home and provide the necessary support. The ministry with the support of the MoHSS will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and communicate accordingly,” Andjaba said.

The WHO has declared the COVID-19 a global pandemic following the confirmation of two COVID-19 cases in Namibia by the MoHSS on 14 March.

President Hage Geingob has announced appropriate precautions measures to be taken to ensure the safety and health on all Namibians one such measure is the banning of all big gatherings for a period of 30 days, Andjaba said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency