Children walking to school in Addis ababa. The 8th-grade Ministry exam serves as the second cycle assessment of the students in Ethiopia's current education system.

Ethiopia Begins Exploring Safe Ways to Reopen Schools

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education says it has started to look into safe ways to reopen schools that are currently closed as part of government’s effort to contain coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus lockdown measures have closed all schools in Ethiopia on March 16 – three days after the country confirmed its first case. Since then, students are following their education via television and radio.

These means “could not replace effectively teachers but help students get education”, Haregwa Mamo, spokesperson of the Ministry, told state-run Ethiopian News Agency on Sunday.

The Ministry has now formed a team that study safe ways to restart schools across the nation when the country manages to contain COVID-19, a deadly illness cased by Coronavirus.

The outcome of the study would be key in devising detailed plans to reopen primary schools, the spokeswoman said

The research will, however, take a long period of time, said Haregwa who advised students and their families to  focus on keeping themselves safe – for now.

Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These nationwide closures are impacting almost 70% of the world’s student population, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).