Education authorities are assuring parents and guardians that they are working with the Ministry of Health to control the spread of Covid 19 at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School.
Over 300 students have tested positive to Covid 19 at the school.
According to a statement signed by the Principle Secretary of education Chikondano Musa, on Tuesday last week, a group of 19 students complained of mild illness which prompted school management to consider testing for Covid-19.
Out of the 19, 16 tested positive a discovery which led to health authorities at Lilongwe District Health Office to offer tests to all staff members and students.
From the test, a total number of 311 students representing 51.4percent tested positive and they are all being managed on campus.
The statement, further highlights that those who tested positive have been isolated from the ones who tested negative and have been given separate dormitories, kitchen and other facilities, while those who tested negative are being monitored for symptoms.
On the other hand, out of 38 members of staff tested, 5 tested positive and none of them has symptoms.
Apart from testing students and members of staff, the government has already disinfected the entire school and intends to do the same periodically.
Meanwhile, the government is justifying keeping all students on campus, saying it is facilitating monitoring of each affected student and that releasing them home would pose a high risk of a wider and faster spread of the virus.
The institution has a total of 605 students, 43 Teachers and 24 support staff.