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Namibia: 90 Percent of Schools Ready for Reopening

Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture executive director Sanet Steenkamp says 90% of the country's 1 920 schools will open for face-to-face teaching and learning today.

Steenkamp yesterday said most schools in the southern regions are prepared for face-to-face classes, but some in the Kavango East and West regions, as well as the Zambezi region have water and sanitation issues, while renovations at hostels are not completed.Daniel Kapapero, the education director for the Kavango East region, yesterday said schools are not 100% ready to receive pupils, with social distancing being a challenge due to the high number of pupils enrolled.Education director for the //Kharas region, Awabahe //Hoëseb, yesterday said all schools in the region are ready to reopen.Eemwandi Combined School principal Samuel Samuel said most of the schools in the region may not be ready because they have not been provided with masks and sanitisers.

Some school principals yesterday said classrooms are overcrowded, which would be a challenge."Contractors are busy putting the final touches to the temporary prefabricated hostel building at Ernst Jagger Secondary School at Karasburg to replace the hostel that was gutted last year," //Hoëseb said.

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