AFTER having spent almost five months of this year at home because of strict lockdown measures imposed as a result of the State of Emergency Namibian children will return to school on 3 August 2020.
The Executive Director of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, in a statement said schools will restart formally at the resumption of the third school term.
In accordance with the presidential announcement that lockdown measures will be lifted gradually and in stages Steenkamp indicated in the statement that staff members of the education ministry must report to their respective duty stations on Tuesday 5 May 2020 when Stage 2 of the lockdown measures takes effect. This includes all head office and regional staff she said.
“The Ministry is cognisant that some school staff, due to the lockdown, still need to travel back to their respective duty stations, principals, teachers, administrative staff, institutional workers and hostel staff are expected to physically report to their schools during the period of 6 to 11 May, No staff member may report to their schools later than 11 May,” Steenkamp said.
The Executive Director stated that all schools are directed to use the second term to prepare and implement Preparedness and Response Plans with due regard to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 protocols.
“This period, until the return of learners to schools, will also be used for planning and implementation of continued learning as well as teacher capacity development.”
Steenkamp expressed the ministry’s sincere gratitude towards all staff members who diligently and with a strong purpose and unity, worked from home during the lockdown.