No school holiday – Steenkamp

Executive director of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steenkamp says there will be no closure of schools unless so directed by the Cabinet.

Steenkamp said this in an interview with The Namibian yesterday morning.

This comes after Namibians flocked to social media on Sunday to enquire whether the ministry would close schools in honour of the late president Hage Geingob.

Geingob died on Sunday morning at Lady Pohamba Private Hospital in Windhoek where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

“The ministry is part of the government and we are all waiting for protocols to be shared with us that are gazetted and all government institutions will receive the same guidance,” Steenkamp said.

“The ministry is not in a position to declare a public holiday or a school holiday specifically in this regard. It is only the Cabinet that can guide on a public holiday,” she said.

She added that the ministry will give instructions to schools during the period of mourning to find ways, activities and events to honour Geingob.

“This is all we can do now. It is a difficult period and we will not have a public or school holiday unless Cabinet directs us,” Steenkamp said.

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