Maranatha Academy Managing Director, Ernest Kaonga has announced that the school has complied with all necessary requirements and standards for reopening and is ready to resume classes.

He told Malawi News Agency on Monday that Maranatha Academy has disinfected all premises of their campus and that they were only awaiting government inspection and approval.

“What has remained is to invite government officials to go round and inspect our schools to see that we have complied in readiness for reopening,” Kaonga said.

The School has also installed facilities in strategic points within campus to ensure that learners are not exposed to the corona virus.

“We have put in place the infrared thermometers and the touch-less hand-washing and sanitizing units and we have provided soap, water and placed signage at strategic locations to reinforce the guidelines” the Director added.

He said that sickbays have been set up like in isolation centres, in accordance with the guidelines for re-opening of schools.

Kaonga said the arrangements made by schools were adequate to accommodate available for both senior and junior students.

He explained that the school has directed students and staff to use face shields apart from face masks.

“We know it is not easy for children to put on face masks for the hours they will stay in school,” said Kaonga adding that the school has therefore considered students that are asthmatic,” the Director pointed out.

Kaonga said students with asthma would therefore be required to use face shield considering the use of face mask for three to eight hours in the classroom would ideal for them.

“Teachers will be provided with face shields for them to wear while teaching because it won’t be easy for them teaching with face masks on,” he said.

Kaonga noted that there would not be co-curricular activities such as sports or assembly to avoid Coronavirus transmission among both students and staff.

“I will be happy to appreciate what the School has done in order to ensure safety of my children at the School,’ a parent from Machinjiri, Moses Jere noted.

He said safety measures need to be critical observed in order to safeguard both teachers and students to ensure safe learning environment.

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