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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:19/08/2020

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On August 14, the cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame decided that schools should remain closed to allow sufficient time for further health assessment and thorough preparedness for the safety of children when they resume face to face learning.

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru  “Club de la Presse” broadcasted  on  Sunday  16th August 2020, in synergy by 10 radio stations  and one Television (TV Isango star), in all the provinces  of the country  focused on  “ preparedness of schools reopening  amid covid-19”

Invitees:

Dr. Irené NDAYAMBAJE /DG Rwanda Education Board

KAREGEYA Jean Baptiste /Analyst

Dr Irené Ndayambaje from Rwanda Education Board said that there are still a lot of things to do and analyze well for the reopening of schools to be accomplished, but it is necessary for education to be restarted even very early.

Among the preparations to safely reopen schools is the construction of an estimated 22,000 new classrooms across the country and recruitment of new 29000 teachers to improve student to teacher ratio.

The recruitment intends to bridge the student-teacher ratio which stands at 59:1 in Primary and 29:1 in Secondary to an average of 46:1 in both levels.

Other preparations include the establishment of hand washing stations in schools to improve hygiene and sanitation.

“These preparations to protect children from Covid-19 are not sufficient yet, we are still working on them. But also the system of online learning should be strengthened in both private and public schools,” Dr. Ndayambaje said.

The analyst Karegeya said the education institutions should work with parents to ensure that preparations for the reopening of schools are successful and urges that the lessons given to the children in the form of technology (online, TV, radio) will not be relied upon in determining how to move on; as some students have not yet had the opportunity to follow the courses due to the low living standards of their families to afford learning technology.

 The audience, especially parents participated in this talk show via interviews, phone calls and messages. Some were worried saying that reopening schools will be exposing children and this may significantly increases the risk of spreading COVID-19 while others said the government should reopen schools because it would help in the upbringing of children who are difficult to manage at home.

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