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

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:26/01/2021

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The Government of Rwanda has temporarily closed schools in the City of Kigali in a bid to curb the new Coronavirus. The Ministry of Education on 17th January 2021 announced that all schools in Kigali, from nursery to secondary will close doors for at least two weeks amid growing cases of COVID-19, following reports of several schools reporting positive cases. According to a statement released on Sunday, January 17 by the Ministry of Education, the schools will be closed for two weeks before the ministry revises the guidelines.

“All other schools outside of the City of Kigali will continue teaching and learning activities, respecting COVID- 19 prevention measures. The guidelines will be reviewed in two weeks upon health assessment,” Ministry of Education said in a statement.

Parents have made mixed reactions over that government decision to temporarily close schools in order to stop more spread of COVID-19.

"Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru" (Club  de la Presse) of this Sunday 24-01-2021 broadcast in synergy by ten radio stations across the country and a television (TV Isango star) focused on "The performance of nursery, primary and secondary in these amid covid-19 ”

Invitees:

Dr Alphonse SEBAGANWA/DG REB

Régine AKALIKUMUTIMA/Teacher

Dr Obed NIYIKIZA/Analyst

The Director General of Rwanda Education Board   explained that the closure of schools in Kigali was due to the high speed of the Covid19 to the extent it reached schools and health authorities advised to suspend classes and prevent those who could enter from outside schools like teachers and students who go to schools from their homes every day.

Dr Sebaganwa explained that students in boarding schools are being helped to review their courses and also some courses being sent electronically to students to continue their studies preventing this epidemic, he added in every school there are staff that monitor students day by day to make sure they reviewing courses.

He told parents not to worry that Kigali students will be late for classes saying that these days they are not studying will be added to the schedule when schools reopen.

Teacher Regine said that it is difficult for closed schools to continue using technology like TV and radio because all children do not have access to the courses and argued that they are not as productive as the face to face classes

The analyst Dr Obed pointed out that the closure of schools in Kigali was a surprise because the institutions were not ready, it was a loss for the parents who had been looking for money, paid school fees and now the children are not studying.

He added that this will also affect private schools in remunerating teachers for financial reasons, which will also jeopardize the quality of education as for primary and secondary schools technology is ineffective because children are not able to access it.

Boarding Schools principals via phone calls said that they are trying their best to help students using technology where teachers try to send lessons online to help students, but they are not ready to do more than two weeks.

“This decision surprised us, we are now trying to help the students but if it is more than two weeks we will not be able to continue.” Said Sister Masengesho Antoinette the Principal of Lycée Notre Dame de Citeaux, a girls boarding school.

The audience, mostly parents participated in this talk show via phone call and messages.

Most of parents said they had spent the week preparing children for school and had paid schools fees for school year beginners but were shocked over the change in plans.

“I had spent all the savings on paying fees and materials for my children returning to school. This means that my incomes will be affected since I have limited clients in a day,” said one parent in Kigali 

Some parents however welcomed government’s decision to halt school activities in Kigali city and said that the same should also be done for schools in the provinces.

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