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All Schools In Rwanda To Remain Closed Until Thorough Health Assessment Is Done

In Rwanda the fi rst three years of primary school are in Kinyarwanda. The option to then be taught in French is to be dropped. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Schools shall remain closed to allow time for a thorough health assessment which will determine when and how they shall reopen.

This is one of the resolutions that were passed by a cabinet meeting that was held Friday, August 14 in Kigali.

“Schools will remain closed to allow sufficient time for a further health assessment and thorough preparedness for the resumption of in-person classes,” reads part of a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

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The statement added that: “Remote learning continues to be encouraged and should be strengthened.”

A day after Rwanda reported her first Covid-19 case in mid-March, schools were among halted activities, in bid to contain the pandemic in the country.

At the time, the government said that schools can’t reopen before the month of September.

On this note, last month, while addressing the parliament on the government’s efforts to contain Covid-19, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente reiterated that the precise time to reopen schools was still uncertain, adding that any decision in this regard will be based on a health assessment.

So far, nursery, primary, and secondary school students follow their lessons remotely via radios and televisions.

The cabinet meeting also encouraged continued remote working where possible.

Among directives to remain in force include the curfew, whereby movements will remain prohibited from 9 p.m to 5 a.m. Meanwhile, on Friday August 14, Rwanda recorded s

According to the Ministry of Health, of the new cases, 80 were confirmed in Kigali. In total, Rwanda carried out 323,905 sample tests of Covid-19 since mid-March.

The country has recorded 2,293 confirmed cases of this pandemic, of whom 1,604 have already recovered.

Rwanda’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 8 people so far.

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