Govt Extends School Closure
Government has announced an extension of closure of schools with two weeks in an effort to curb further spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Chikondano Mussa, says in a statement she signed jointly with Secretary for Health, Charles Mwansambo, that the decision has been arrived at after looking at the current situation of the pandemic.
“Given the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, Government would like to inform the general public that school closure will be extended by another two weeks starting from 8th February, 2021.
“Consequently, all students in boarding secondary schools as well as residential students in colleges and universities should be released to go back home for these two weeks,” reads the statement.
The statement further reads that “government further calls on all students, parents and guardians to continue observing all COVID-19 preventive measures even while at home.”
Government ordered closure of schools for three weeks ending this week after a number of students tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier this week, University of Malawi Students Union (UMSU) pleaded with government to allow final year students to reopen on a staggered approach “if the worse comes to the worst,” arguing that prolonged halting of education has proven to lead to disruptive results.