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Botswana is set to reopen all institutions of learning in a not so distant future following the relaxation of confinement measures against the deadly COVID-19, a government official announced on Sunday.

Theophelus Mooko, the permanent secretary in the ministry of tertiary education, research, science and technology said all primary and secondary schools alongside Botswana set to reopen institutions of learning after COVID-19 closures.

The southern African country closed all schools on March 20, 2020 before implementing a lockdown on April 2, 2020, shuttering borders and businesses as well as banning all public gatherings to stem the spread of the virus.

Bridget John, the permanent secretary in the ministry of basic education said “it is all system go” in preparing for the reopening of schools with teachers expected to start reporting to work on May 11 without failure.

“We are not going to allow coronavirus standing in our way. With or without coronavirus, our teachers are well prepared to ensure that students pass this year,” said John during the same media conference.

Botswana registered 23 confirmed cases of the global pandemic with a single death.

Mooko said preparations for reopening of schools include ensuring that there is adequate supply of water such that washing of hands with soap and running water will be continued since it is one of the major precautions of preventing the spread of coronavirus. Enditem

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