Ethiopia Reopen Schools amid Covid-19 Pandemic

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has moved to restart class six months after authorities closed schools as part of government’s effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

At least 17, 154 elementary schools located in rural and small towns of the country will restart class on Monday in the first round of reopening schools, according to the Ministry of Education.



“These schools are reopening classes after assessing their readiness to implement covid-19 prevention measures,” Yohannes Wagaso, schools improvement directorate director, told State-run Ethiopian Television (ETV) on Sunday.

During a three-month long preparation to reopen schools in collaboration with Ministry of Health, the director said more classes have been built in a bid to practice social distancing.

“In schools with a lot of students, classes will be conducted in shift,” added Yohannes.

Official of Education Ministry admits not having enough teachers could be a challenge in the reopening effort, and has called for people to volunteers.

“It’s incumbent upon us or anyone with teaching experience or have qualification to teach to volunteer if and when they are needed,” the official said.

Face maks key

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in schools, said Ministry of Health which reported on Saturday that COVID-19 has so far affected at least 88, 434 and claim the lives of 1, 344 people.

The Ministry advised student families to cooperate with schools and extension workers in their effort to implement measures to prevent Covid-19.

At lease 10.7 million face masks have been distributed to the schools that are reopening, officials said. Additional 10 million face masks will be distributed to them in a week.

According to reports, over 26 million students, 700,000 teachers and school management employees have been affected by the closure of schools since mid-March when schools closed.

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