Education postpones return of Grade 11 and 12 learners in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis

Education postpones return of Grade 11 and 12 learners in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis
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The Ministry of Education today announced that Grade 11 and 12 learners in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis will not resume face-to-face classes tomorrow, as scheduled.
According to the Education Ministry's Executive Director, Sanet Steenkamp, the ministry continues to consult stakeholders, including the Governor and teachers union, on reopening modalities.
"Amid these consultations it has been agreed that the reopening of schools for Grade 11 and 12 in the concerned municipal areas be delayed for the next two days (20 and 21 July) to provide teachers, learners and parents sufficient time logistical arrangements," said Steenkamp.
She said parents will be required to indicate whether they would prefer to make use from home delivery during the next two days while the directorate will continue to engage and facilitate strategies on teaching and modalities seeing that many concerns were raised in the Walvis Bay municipal area.
The directorate will also explore the option of arranging official transportation for the learners to and from schools and central pickup points in Kuisebmund to assist with safe transportation as well as possible hostel accommodation for learners and the strict adherence to safety protocols at all schools.
Learners who opt for learning from home should be assisted properly by their subject teachers through visual/voice recorded lessons that clearly explain the required basic competencies, new concepts and assessment activities, said Steenkamp in a press statement.
The ED said as Grade 11 and 12 learners are registered to take the end of year examinations, all stakeholders must contribute significantly to ensure the class of 2020 receive full support in all required areas.
Private schools that have indicated readiness to open were given te go-ahead if parents consent to the reopening.