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Suspension of classes in Papua New Guinea due to COVID-19

Posted on 23 March 2021

Given the recent surge in the number of COVID 19 cases across Papua New Guinea, the government will announce a National Isolation Strategy with the specific instructions to contain the surge.

Schools pose considerable challenges, given the practical difficulties they have to comply with. Therefore, the Minister of Education has announced the suspension of schools in the General Education Sector for four (4)  weeks.

During this time, the Department will use three modes of lesson delivery: Radio, Television, and the internet to deliver lessons for key subjects during the suspension period. Suggestions will be sent to schools in an attempt to recover lessons lost during the suspension, including a review on national examination dates.

Hon. Jimmy Uguro MP said, "It is with a heavy heart that I am compelled to issue this direction, but it is done for the greater good and welfare of our students, teachers and the community at large. I urge all of us to follow all the basic preventative measures to stay away from the virus and protect others as well."

In a recent message to the Papua New Guinea Lasallian Family, Br David Hawke, Br Visitor, said:

"the increasing number of COVID-19 cases is a real concern now impacting the entire country and possibly neighbouring jurisdictions. The Government of Australia is sending medical experts to PNG to assist with the pandemic. While reports to date indicate that the Lasallian Family in the country is safe, it is a concern that must weigh heavily on you, your families, your students, and their families.

Pope Francis, Institute leaders and civic leaders urge us to be people of hope. My prayer is for each of you, and may we all live in the hope that the situation in Papua New Guinea can be addressed by the authorities in order that all citizens of the country will be safe."


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