Ethiopia Starts Phased Reopening of Schools

Hillside School in Addis Ababa (The class set up before Covid-19). [Photo: Addis Standard]

Oct 19th, 2020 – Schools in Ethiopia have started reopening today, after a seven month close down, caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Education however says the schools will reopen in phases, with students in rural districts returning to class first.

However, some parents are wary of the reopening, even as the Education Ministry assures the learners’ safety. The ministry says it has put the necessary measures in place, to minimize the risk of Covid-19 spreading in schools.

One of the measures is to distribute 50 million face masks for pupils and teachers.

Final year learners in secondary schools will still for their national examinations next year, online.

The country is aiming to reopen all primary and secondary schools by mid-November.

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