Survey to determine if schools are ready

30 July 2020 | Education



Education minister Anna Nghipondoka says her ministry has undertaken an online assessment in all 14 regions to determine whether schools are prepared to resume with face-to-face classes for grades four, five, six, eight and 10.

Schools closed in March when Namibia recorded its first cases of Covid-19 and have gradually resumed since then, with different grades starting on different dates.

The grade four, five, six, eight and 10 learners are scheduled to return to school for face-to-face classes this coming Monday.


Nghipondoka said the ministry undertook an online preparedness and readiness assessment survey for all 14 regional directorates of education in close consultation with the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) to assess school readiness for Monday, as well as compliance and challenges faced by schools. “Schools are requested to respond to the mentioned assessment using the link with feedback expected by Wednesday (yesterday),” the minister said on Tuesday.

She said the ministry and Nantu would analyse the submissions and determine a course of action in response to the findings, which will be announced tomorrow.

“I appeal to all our stakeholders, particularly the learners, parents and the community at large, to remain calm. Our commitment to ensure the safety of our learners, teachers and all staff members remains paramount in all decisions that will be taken,” Nghipondoka said.