Barely six weeks of school break due to escalating numbers of covid-19, the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 has announced schools will reopen on February 22, 2021.
The Task force made the announcement on Wednesday evening during a press briefing in the capital Lilongwe.
Co-chairperson of the task force Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said the decision is based on reduced positivity rate currently at 16.2% compared to the 30% the country had registered when schools were closed on January 17, 2021.
Taking her turn minister of education Agnes NyaLonje said her ministry has been provided with K5 billion to help put in place measures that will help fight the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in schools.
“Government will also drill 400 boreholes in primary schools and 240 boreholes in secondary schools to improve sanitation as a number of schools do not have water sources.” Said NyaLonje.
NyaLonje also disclosed that government has recruited 2,275 auxiliary teachers to ease pressure on teachers.
The education minister also said there will be reprogramming of school calendar and that students will be attending classes in shifts.