Cyclone Freddy is about to land in Malawi and the weather situation in the southern region is worrisome. Against such a background, the Ministry of Education has announced that school classes in all institutions should be suspended from 13th March to 14th March.
In a statement signed by secretary for education Chikondano Mussa, The Ministry has received expert information from the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services that “the direct effects of Tropical Cyclone FREDDY being experienced in the Southern Region Districts of Nsanje, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Phalombe, Blantyre, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Mwanza, Neno, and Zomba, will intensify, with the Cylone expecting to hit the region this evening or tomorrow 13th March 2023; and dying down by Tuesday.”
“Therefore, as a precautionary measure, the Ministry of Education is temporarily suspending physical classes in all learning institutions in the aforementioned districts on Monday, 13th March, and Tuesday, 14th March 2023. Further to that, learners in boarding schools are advised to stay indoors, as a measure of safety in order to preserve life. During the suspension of classes, teachers and learners are encouraged to use available online platforms and radio lessons. In particular, when physical classes resume on Wednesday, 15th March 2023, teachers are urged to provide remedial lessons to recover the lost time,” reads the statement.