Alotau schools still closed


A HIGH school and three primary schools in Alotau are still closed after a female student tested positive to Covid-19 two weeks ago.
This is the only confirmed case from the province so far.
Acting education adviser Martin Sale told The National yesterday that he was advised that urban schools were currently on their third term break.
“There is a 14-day lockdown in urban schools, but all schools outside the town are operating,” he said
“Education adviser Roma Tuidam has advised all the schools that we will open upon clearance from the health officials.”
Sale said in the meantime contact tracing was carried out and all students were advised to stay at home.
Tuidam told The National last week that the student was an 18-year-old female from Cameron Secondary School and was isolated.
He said the closure of schools was to give ample time to officials of the Alotau health authority to conduct contact tracing.
“The student was a day student so contact tracing will be carried out at the community where she lives,” Tuidam said.
Meanwhile, Tuidam said the four schools had been advised that they would remain closed while awaiting the health officials to give the green light.
Attempts to get comments from the provincial emergency controller and administrator Ashan Numa were unsuccessful.