Ministry Announces No Closing of Schools Following Country’s First COVID-19 Case.

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MEHRD approved examinations for forms 3, 5, and 6 will be held on the first and second week of November 2020.

BY ALEX DADAMU

Education Authorities and Schools around the country has been advised by the Ministry Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) that the Ministry are NOT closing schools and expects classes to resume on Tuesday to allow teachers to celebrate Word Teachers Day tomorrow (Monday).

In a radio announcement tonight on SIBC, Deputy Secretary of MEHRD, James Bosamata instructs concern parents, students and schools not to panic and always listen to relevant responsible government authorities like Ministry Health and Medical Services (MHMS), COVID-19 Oversight Committee, Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) and MEHRD.

Mr. Bosamata said the situation is well under control by the government and the person who has contracted the virus is also well managed.

However, Mr. Bosamata advices Principals in schools to implement ‘Incidental Standard Operation Procedures,’ (I-SOP) which he added that the Ministry will further give instructions later on.

“All Schools must implement, ‘Incidental Standard Operation Procedures’ or I-SOP in short – the Ministry will give further instructions to schools later on.

“All schools must practice Social and Physical Distancing and must always practice healthy hygiene e.g. hand washing with soap or hand sanitizer and cough into elbow and etc…,” Bosamata advised.

He further instructs schools to cancel big gathering such as school assemblies and sports.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Dr Franco Roddie has also made clarifications that MEHRD is not advising schools to close down.

PS Roddie made the clarifications to the media following reports that certain schools are calling off classes without their authorization following the announcement of the country’s first COVID-19 positive case yesterday.