Schools in Addis Ababa will begin face-to-face classes from Monday, the City Education bureau announced on Friday, November 27, 2020.
The city council has decided to resume classes after authorities closed schools for nearly a decade as part of the government’s efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We are reopening schools after assessing and auditing the readiness of more than 1,900 schools in the city,” announced Deputy Head of Education Office, “Addisu Shanko.
According to the agency, students from private schools above the first grade will start on November 30, 2020, while students from government schools above the fifth grade will start classes on December 7, 2020, after the eighth grade regional exams are taken on December 3. -4, 2020.
Schools are opened in two phases and three shifts.
The agency reported its preparations to provide more than 1.8 million face masks and hand sanitizers, along with more than 700,000 hand soaps for government schools.
Addisu urged private schools to provide COVID-19 prevention materials in consultation with parents.
The Education Office has indicated that students are given a place at each desk. Currently, Addisu further explains that the city government is finalizing the construction of 1,687 classrooms to carry out the learning process according to COVID-19 guidelines.
Government school students under five are expected to return to school when classrooms under construction are ready in a few weeks, Addisu said.
Meanwhile, the city council of the Education Training Quality Assurance Service announced that it has revoked the licenses of 23 schools found to be below the minimum standard.