COVID-19: Police warns teachers and parents on face-to-face homeschooling

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 18 May 2020 at 03:19

Rwanda National Police has warned teachers who bring together children in groups within families for private coaching sessions as by doing so they are violating guidelines in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Some parents made arrangements with teachers for home-based learning, after the government directives to close schools until September due to the virus, where children from different families are brought together in groups to take lessons.

“People who are bringing teachers to their homes are violating the directives to prevent COVID-19. It is not allowed,” CP John Bosco Kabera, the spokesperson for Rwanda National Police, said in a tweet.

Kabera said that in response to a tweet from one Sylvie Nsanga, who pointed out that it was difficult for teachers and their students to observe physical distancing during home-schooling, especially during grouped sessions.

"We are bringing teachers in our homes to teach our children not knowing where they have touched and we are doing homeschooling in groups of different families," reads one of her series of tweets.

The Police spokesperson explained that teachers were not allowed to find students in their homes.

He urged parents to adopt e-learning practices or following lessons that are being broadcast of public radio and television.

“Coaching in a sense where a teacher will bring together a few students to teach them is against the directives on social distancing that is in place, and so is prohibited at the moment,” Gaspard Twagirayezu, State Minister for Primary and Secondary at the Ministry of Education, said.

Irenee Ndayambaje, the Director-General of the Rwanda Education Board (REB) encourages students to study using the available online platforms, saying that the online learning materials are available for free for those who have access to the internet.

“The systems are interactive since there are tutors to help students and other users. The lessons on YouTube will not require internet charges after partnering with Telecom companies to finance the project,” Ndayambaje added.

For the students who are unable to access the e-learning platforms, the option is to follow the lessons through radio and television.

The Police spokesperson explained that teachers were not allowed to find students in their homes.