by Arlana Shikongo
THE Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has instructed Mariental Secondary School to suspend classes for 14 days after a pupil at the school tested positive for Covid-19.
The pupil, who was on Thursday announced as the country’s 37th Covid-19 case, is a Walvis Bay resident who attends school in Mariental. He is a boarder at the school’s hostel.
He travelled to the town from Walvis Bay on 2 June and attended classes on 11 June, but has stayed home since 12 June after exhibiting symptoms of a runny nose, headache and loss of taste and smell.
“Following this development, as a ministry we are mindful of the seriousness of this situation and the responsibilities we have.
“The ministry, on advice from the Ministry of Health and Social Services, has with immediate effect suspended classes for a period of 14 days until 6 July and boarders will remain in the hostel for the next 14 days,” education executive director Sanet Steenkamp said in a statement issued on Thursday.
She also revealed that one teacher and 13 pupils were taken into quarantine today.
The pupil is a 20-year-old and the health ministry has said he is in satisfactory condition.