A COLLABORATIVE effort between the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will see to it that every learner returning to school will be provided with a face mask.
The Executive Director of the education ministry, Sanet Steenkamp was speaking at the National COVID-19 Communication Centre on the reopening of schools and said that the industrialization ministry has been mandated to provide the learners with masks. She added that the education ministry on its part is working to provide the actual number of learners that is expected to return to schools.
Steenkamp said that although the collaboration is already underway, every learner is already assumed to have at least one mask already, as masks have been declared mandatory under Stage 2 of the State of Emergency.
She added that in addition to the cleaning of schools and the disinfection of buildings, additional funding has been disbursed to all the regions to top up dwindling finances. Schools, she says have procured sanitisers and water dispensers in preparation of opening.
According to Steenkamp, the government is working to ensure that clean running water is made available to all 1 923 schools nationwide.
“The three categories include 10 000 litre tanks that will be provided at schools, the connection of schools to main water supplies and the drilling of boreholes at some schools. Learners with pre-existing illnesses should be cared for at home,” Steenkamp advised.
Steenkamp also said that Saturdays will not be used for teaching to make up for lost time. This she said is because of consideration of certain religious practices.
Sports will also not be allowed at school grounds and no learner groupings will be tolerated on school premises. Steenkamp emphasized that contact sports and games are to be avoided at all cost.
The Khomas regional Education Director, Gerard Vries on his part said that water will be readily available for schools in the region. An agreement between the City of Windhoek and the ministry has been reached and no cut offs will happen. A number of schools in Windhoek were closed some months ago because of amounts owed to the municipality.
Vries this morning maintained that the situation will not be repeating itself because the bills have been settled. He added that evacuation plans have also been put in place for schools, should the need arise.