Schools in Burundi are expected to reopen on Monday September 13th after a three-month vacation amid a nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases.
The Ministry of Health has a mandatory Covid-19 commitment introduced screening for students who report back to school.
“The tests are compulsory for students in secondary schools and boarding schools, the rest can take the test voluntarily,” said Jean Bosco Girukwishaka, spokesman for The Health Minister EastAfrican.
Mass tests for students, teachers and employees of boarding schools or secondary schools started on Friday and will last until Tuesday, September 14th.
“In the first week of September 2021 the Covid -19 cases have increased, especially in Bujumbura and other rural towns, and this is due to failure to take precautionary measures already taken against the pandemic, “a health statement said Ministry of Finance.
According to the government’s Covid-19 report dated September 6, 2021, the average daily rate of new Covid -19 cases is 154 since July 21, 2021, the date the Most of the new cases have been registered.
In Uganda, however, the situation is different. Despite several tips from government officials and a slow, successful vaccination campaign for teachers launched in late August, schools in the country remain closed to this day. Recently, First Lady Janet Museveni reiterated President Yoweri Museveni’s stance that schools will only open if all teachers and non-teaching staff have been vaccinated
Since closing in May 2020, few classes like Candidate and the finalists have had personal lessons. Students from the other grades such as Senior 1 and 2 as well as Primary 1 have not attended school since.
And in a television appearance recently, Chris Baryomunsi, Minister of Information and National Guidance, said and said while it was It It won’t be long before schools open, clear safety measures need to be put in place.
“As we expect dozens of vaccines, we should be able to vaccinate as many people as possible,” he said . Education ministry spokesman Denis Mugimba says about 183,000 teachers were vaccinated out of 550,000 targeted teachers in addition to about 180,000 non-teaching staff.