Two days ago all schools in Lesotho, public and
private, were ordered to close due to surges in COVID cases. The Lesotho
Health Ministry expects vaccines to become available in April of 2021.
All borders with South Africa are again closed and no travel to Lesotho is
QHS Principal, Mme Mamare Mossasee has indicated
that information from the Lesotho Ministry of Education has been unreliable and
schools have scrambled to adhere to COVID regulations. We are assuming
schools will remain closed for quite a while.
Some QHS students have been out of school for
most of the year, others have been able to attend for only a few weeks or
months. Form C and E (grades 10 and 12) students are scheduled to attend
for one day only, in order to take their national exams.
QMC board members are working with QHS staff to
find the best way to electronically send student letters and to receive sponsor
letters as post offices are often closed and mail delivery is not
dependable. Several of our sponsors have received letters recently via a
faculty member's personal iPhone photo and email.
QMC is working closely with QHS staff on helping
our students, and we will continue to provide updates. This is truly a
devastating health pandemic, especially for countries with poor health
resources, food supplies and extreme poverty.
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