The Ethiopian Ministry of Education on Wednesday, 16 September 2020, announced the decision to reopen schools after six months of closure, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The horn African nation will be one of the few African nations to do so, except for nursery schools and universities. In a statement, the ministry said all educational establishments would reopen soon and the government would provide hand sanitizers and viral screenings for learners.
Parents remain cautious about the reopening, and many are looking to first verify that proactive measures have been taken.
Dagnew Gebru, an official from the Ministry of Education, said governmental schools at all levels started registration of students on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. Registration at private schools started on Wednesday, 26 August 22020.
Consultations will be held with parents, teachers and directors prior to the commencement of education, this is according to Gebru. He also added that schools will be disinfected, as the ministry is also working closely with health professionals for the safe opening of the schools.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recently urged African countries to promote the safe reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. They said prolonged closure of schools is harmful to students and poses a risk to the future of children and their communities.