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Parents unsure about children returning to school

Parents unsure about children returning to school

Marthina Mutanga

PARENTS have been battling with emotions before sending their little ones back to school to resume with face-to-face classes for Grades 0 to 3.


Fears that children might get infected with COVID-19 especially the younger ones caused parents to keep them at home.


The Head of Department at St Barnabas Junior Primary School, Alexanderine Kaune said that only 50 children pitched up at school when classes resumed on Monday.


On Tuesday most of the schools in Namibia started with phase two of the readmission of children after the process was delayed for two weeks.


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UNSURE START: Very few smaller children returned to school due to parents fearing that they might possibly be infected with COVID-19. – Photo: Samuel Shinendima


In the meantime preparations have gone smoothly as personnel at some schools have been practising the procedures of sanitizing the hands of the smaller children and also checking their temperatures.


Kaune noted that quite a lot of the parents have communicated with the school and informed the teachers that their children are still on the farm and that they will returns to school in the coming week. Many said that they would only send the children to school once the COVID-19 situation calms down.


Minister of Education Art and Culture Anna Ngipondoka noted that parents who took such a decision will not face any retribution because President Hage Geingob during the latest briefing on the COVID-19 situation stated that would be understandable if people are unsure and that the returning of smaller children should be voluntary.


“Parents may decide to keep their children home and assume responsibility for homeschooling while continuing to engage the school and teachers to ensure the learners does not to fall behind,” the minister said.


In an earlier announcement the Executive Director of the education ministry, Sanet Steenkamp said learners in Grade 7 and 9 will resume classes in phase three later in July while phase four of the resumption of face-to-face classes will be for Grades 4, 5, 6 and 8 later in August.


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