MINISTER of Education and Human Resource says one of the pre-conditions to resume the 2022 academic year is for all teachers and students to get their jab.
Lanelle Tanangada reiterated this, Thursday when speaking in Parliament during her contribution to the motion moved by the Prime Minister to approve and extend the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) for a further four months.
“One of the pre-conditions to allow schools to resume is for all teachers and students to be vaccinated,” she said.
In her contribution she attributed the ongoing closure of schools in the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak a week prior to the start of the 2022 school year calender on Monday 24th January.
A week before that on 19th January a lockdown was announced after the first COVID-19 case was detected in the community.
Since then all schools remain close.
Minister Tanangada also highlighted that schools must also prepare its WASH Facilities and how it would maintain hygiene and apply social distancing.
She said the ministry will only reopen schools based on the advise from the Ministry of Health in consultation with the Education Ministry.
The minister also highlighted that there is no need to rush the opening of schools because it’s unclear when COVID-19 will go away and the threat of another variant coming remains.