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Private schools to resume face-to-face classes on Monday

Schools in Addis Ababa will commence face to face classes as of Monday, announced the City Education bureau on Friday November 27, 2020.

The city administration has decided to resume classes after authorities closed schools for almost ten months as part of the government’s effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We are reopening schools after assessing and monitoring the readiness of over 1,900 schools in the city,” announced vice head of the Education bureau,” Addisu Shanko.

According to the bureau, while students of private schools who are above grade one will begin on November 30, 2020, students of government schools above grade five will begin classes on December 7, 2020, after the grade eight regional examinations are conducted on December 3-4, 2020.

The opening of schools will be conducted in two phases and three shifts.

The bureau mentioned its preparations to make over 1.8 million face masks  and hand sanitizers available, along with over 700,000 hand soaps for government schools.

Addisu urged private schools to provide COVID-19 prevention materials in discussion with parents.

The education bureau stated that students will be seated one on each desk. Currently, Addisu further explained, the city administration is finalizing the construction of 1,687 classrooms to undertake the teaching-learning process as per COVID-19 guidelines.

Students of government schools who are below grade five are expected to go back to school when the classrooms under construction become ready in a couple of weeks, stated Addisu. 

Meanwhile, the City Administration Educational Training Quality Occupational Assurance Authority announced that it has revoked the licenses of 23 schools that were found to be below the minimum standard.