MBABANE: Bertram Stewart, the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education and Training said with international media reports regarding the looming COVID-19 third wave, they await advise from the Ministry of Health regarding the opening of schools.
Speaking on this Swaziland News audio channel on Tuesday when interviewed by editor Zweli Martin Dlamini, the Principal Secretary said they worked with the Ministry of Health, the Swaziland National Association of Teachers(SNAT) among other stakeholders to take decisions on whether it was appropriate to open schools or not.
“We will be guided by the Ministry of Health, if the Ministry of Health feels it would be a threat to open schools, we will oblige, we cannot go against an advice from the Ministry of Health. We don’t know when the third wave will come but we cannot risk the lives of the Nation”, said the Principal Secretary.
Bheki Mamba, the President of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union(SWADNU) warned that the looming COVID-19 third wave would be more severe if government delayed to provide working equipment and drugs in hospitals.
COVID-19 third wave: Education Ministry to act on recommendations of health experts on the opening of schools.