Schools in the country are expected to carry out classes as normal.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Human Resources says his Ministry is working very closely with the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Franco Rodie says some school administrators have already sent out messages saying there shall be no classes. This was after the announcement of the confirmation case in Solomon Islands.

“The situation is low risk so therefore the understanding and position that my ministry has taken is that there is no need to close the schools”, Rodie says.

He says there is no need to panic.

However, Rodie says most schools will be closed today because of World Teachers Day.

“So, the plans that the schools have made is that they are going to celebrate the occasion at their schools. So only teachers will probably participate in this activity in their schools. But students will not be attending”, Rodie says.

He says students should be returning to classes on Tuesday.

At the same time, Rodie says it is also the responsibility of parents to make sure their students are made to practice the measures imposed by the health ministry.

“Washing of hands or use of sanitizers in making sure they are protected not only from COVID-19 but also other general illness”, Rodie says.

He says school management and administrators should know what to do at this time.

“We have held many workshops with them in the past to guide teachers, school principals in what they need to do”, Rodie says.

He appealed to teachers and parents to provide relevant information that will be helpful for both the school and students.

Rodie says the continuity learning is also ongoing via the national radio.

The Education PS encourages parents to call the N-DOC education number 7110081 to confirm, raise or verify issues of interest.