MECHANISMS are strengthened and new modalities will ensure that schools in Namibia will remain open despite an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases detected amongst learners and teaching staff.
The Executive Director of the Ministry of Education Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp in a statement, said that schools will only be closed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that teaching and learning continue.
Steenkamp said that the education ministry is well aware of the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in schools, particularly in the Khomas Region.
“We wish to ensure everyone that we are working tirelessly, in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Namibian National Teachers Union as well as all relevant institutions to monitor the situation, to ensure the safety of our learners, teachers, and the school community,” she stated.
Steenkamp said learning will continue with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols. She added that protocols such as the correct and constant wearing of masks, physical distancing, and regular washing of hands must be reinforced in schools.
“The education ministry is in constant consultation with its stakeholders and role players to mitigate any challenges that may arise,” she assured.
In this regard, Steenkamp requested school communities and the general public to remain calm and to work together towards curbing the further spread of COVID-19.