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No learner must be excluded: Education Ministry

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The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has issued a directive that no learner should be “excluded in any form, rejected or left behind” during admission to schools for the 2022 academic year.A circular sent out on Tuesday and seen by Nampa said re…

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has issued a directive that no learner should be “excluded in any form, rejected or left behind” during admission to schools for the 2022 academic year.

A circular sent out on Tuesday and seen by Nampa said regional directors, through their respective circuit offices and schools, should ensure that all eligible learners are admitted to schools, noting that the admission process should be brought to conclusion as soon as possible to allow effective teaching to commence without fail.

The circular indicated that this year, the ministry embraces all educators under the theme ‘Reimaging Education 2022: Education recovery with renewed enthusiasm and dedicated effort.’

It further indicated that school will commence on 06 January 2022 for teachers and 10 January 2022 for pre-primary to Grade 10 learners, adding that the Grade 11 cohort for 2022 will commence on 24 January 2021 as the Grade 11 learners from 2021 have to rewrite the national examinations after question papers were leaked.

“In light of the COVID-19 situation and increased number of infections, schools must ensure that they operate in a safe and responsible manner to protect the wellbeing of all learners by following the COVID-19 health regulations,” it said.

It also noted that despite hopes for stability in COVID-19 infections and deaths, the ministry supports that all learners go to school. Some schools may still continue with the platoon system, time-based cohorts and distributed groups, it stated.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency