NANTU calls for the immediate suspension of face-to-face classes

NANTU calls for the immediate suspension of face-to-face classes

The Namibia National Teachers' Union (NANTU) has called for the immediate suspension of face-to-face classes.
In a statement released today, NANTU cited the COVID-19 positive cases reported so far in Namibia and local transmissions detected, therefore, demanding the suspension of face-to-face schooling.
The union says, despite temporary measures taken at Mariental High School, it believes the situation is no longer safe and pose danger to the school community.
In a letter sent to Sanet Steenkamp, the Executive Director of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, the union called on the ministry to suspend teaching and learning in all grades for 14 days while monitoring the situation.
The union also called for a high-level meeting with other relevant ministries to discuss the matter holistically.
NANTU's suggestion comes after the announcement of a positive COVID-19 case (number 37) involving a learner of Mariental Secondary School in the Hardap Region.
The Education Ministry has suspended classes at the school, with immediate effect, for 14 days.