Let's be positive – Steenkamp

According to education ministry executive director Sanet Steenkamp, the Covid-19 pandemic also creates opportunities.

04 June 2020 | Education

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK



The executive director in the ministry of education, Sanet Steenkamp, yesterday encouraged teachers and learners to be positive, saying that the government was aware of the fear brought on by the coronavirus.

“As we enter this new phase with a sense of excitement, anticipation and a certain level of anxiety, may you know that you are valued as we embrace this new normal in the time of coronavirus, resuming face-to-face classes with our grade 11 and 12 learners.

“The executive team in the ministry salutes you and thanks you for embracing this opportunity to once again share the joy of teaching and learning with your learners. We count on you to do the right thing,” she added. According to Steenkamp, the pandemic creates opportunities too.

“We are presented with an opportunity to question assumptions, reframe challenges and problems, and approach old situations in completely new and creative ways.”

Steenkamp urged teachers to foster close relationships with learners' parents. “As a ministry, we urge you to continue to build enduring relationships with each other and with parents, that you will purposefully work towards elevated levels of trust, hope, positive emotions and optimism. We have no doubt that these will give rise to increased commitment, satisfaction and other positive work outcomes.”

Careful out there

She further advised teachers to exercise care in executing their duties.

“Your health and well-being, and that of the learners, is of crucial importance to all of us and we wish you a space of great care, light and peace,” Steenkamp said.

Schools were allowed to resume face-to-face learning when Namibia entered stage three of the Covid-19 lockdown on 2 June.

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