Government to consider phased reopening of schools

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The Ministry of Education recently completed the inspection of schools and is considering a number of reopening alternatives.

Firstly, only pre-candidate classes, Primary 6, Senior 3, and Senior 5 will be allowed to return to school.

The rest of the learners will have to wait a little longer.

Secondly, stakeholders have considered allowing learners in all classes to return to school, with studies for various classes conducted in sessions on different days in a week to allow space between individuals as one way to control the spread of COVID-19.

A draft inspection report was recently submitted to the Permanent Secretary and awaits discussion by the Ministry’s top officials.

Prior to the Christmas holiday, the government dispatched a team of 1,840 inspectors to various parts of the country.

Schools were re-inspected to ascertain their compliance with the set Standard Operating Procedures, and their ability to receive more students in lower classes.

The first inspection okayed the reopening of schools for learners in candidate classes in October 2020.

Learners have been at home since March 2020 when schools were closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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