SCHOOLS in Namibia were directed by the education ministry to assess their hygienic readiness for the 26 January 2021 opening as this will determine the school’s ability to further infections of Covid-19.
Some schools such as Cornelius Goreseb High School in the Kunene Region and Outjo Secondary School have, however, indicated that there will be a delay in reopening because they do not meet the hygiene requirements set out by the education ministry.
The Ministry of Education, Anna Nghipondoka, said the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Namibia National Teachers’ Union, the National Advisory Committee on Education, and other key stakeholders and role players are responsible for ensuring that all schools can provide adequate health safety measures for learners and teachers when they resume classes. “Considering the various regulations issued on Covid-19, the ministry has put various mechanisms in place to ensure implementation in schools and school preparedness,” Nghipondoka said. According to Ngipondoka, parents are responsible for ensuring their children are provided with masks and the correct information on how to wear them.