Metro (Lesotho)

Schools to open as planned

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All local schools from pre-schools to tertiary institutio­ns are expected to open doors for classes on August 2 after breaking for the winter vacation.

Classes in both primary and high schools will operate on a rotational basis like it was the case before the schools closed for the mid-year holidays.

All schools according to the Minister of Education and Training, ’Mamookho Phiri are expected to comply with the National COVID-19 Secretaria­t (NACOSEC) safety protocols. To ensure that the schools follow the set regulation­s to the letter, officials from the Ministries of Education and that of Health will work in collaborat­ion with the District Education Management Offices.

“The Ministry of Education also has its own guidelines, before the schools re-open, boarding schools are expected to comply with those guidelines together with NACOSEC safety protocols,” Mrs Phiri said. Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro announced last week that the country has moved from the blue colour code to the purple due to increasing COVID-19 infection rates. According to the purple colour code, school bus drivers must operate at 50 percent capacity, disinfect, sanitise the learners and ensure that they wear facemasks at all times. According to a report from NACOSEC dated July 24, a total of 93 new COVID-19 positive cases has been recorded, thus bringing the total number of positive cases to 12 880. It shows that there are no recoveries, hence the total number of recoveries still remains at 6 621 while six new deaths were recorded, bringing the total number to 363. The country has to date conducted 130 765 COVID-19 tests.

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