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Reopening of Ethiopian schools – Covid-19

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The next school year in Ethiopia will begin on September 2, 2020, according to a decision by the country’s education ministry, APA (African Press Agency) learned on Wednesday, 26 August 2020.

Schools in the Horn of Africa were closed last March due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

Ethiopia has recorded 43,688 cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic in the country including 709 deaths, and currently has 27,181 active cases including 290 serious cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

At a press briefing yesterday Tuesday, Education Minister Getahun Mekuria said private and public schools will resume enrollment from Wednesday and classes in mid-September taking all health precautions required.

He added that during the recovery process, schools will be fitted with face masks, hand rubs and other related materials to help prevent the spread of the virus.

According to the Minister, students will have to wear masks, keep their distance from others and wash their hands regularly.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged African governments to speed up the reopening of schools.

The organisations have warned that young people on the continent will suffer from prolonged closures due to the pandemic.

According to a survey conducted in thirty-nine countries on the continent, only six African countries have fully opened schools.

– APA

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