Tomori, NCMP – Despite teacher and parent concerns over a potential spike in coronavirus cases, the Minister of General education and Instruction today announced the phased re-opening of schools in the country, beginning from the 5th of October, 2020.
The Minister of General Education and Instructions, Awut Deng now says schools will only be reopened for candidate classes because the risk of coronavirus is still high.
It will be recalled that the decision was made during the first meeting of the cabinet chaired by President Salva Kiir in Juba. In the meeting, the resumption of all levels of institutions of learning comes as the minister of health reported on the status of the coronavirus in the country.
It will be recalled that schools were closed in South Sudan in March due to the ravaging scourge, COVID-19.
The Minister announced that the re-opening of school will be however phased; including two (2) phases.
In this phase, schools will be re-opened for the candidates’ classes only, primary eight (8) and senior (4), involving a totality of 75, 000 and 35, 000 students respectfully on Monday, 5th October 2020.
Also in other to cover the syllabus, and satisfactory preparation of the learners’ for the final leaving examination, the academic year has been extended to till February. Also, instead of five (5) days, the lessons have been designed for 6 days now including Saturday.
This will require re-opening for all classes. This has been scheduled to come up on Monday, 5th April 2021.
In implementing this, relevant stakeholders such as UNICEF will be carried as well as strict adherence to the precautionary measures as stipulated by the WHO.
These were contained in the letter released from the office of the Minister of General Education and Instruction, Republic of South Sudan.
The letter is below