In a press conference held today, the Minister of Education, Dr Uwamariya Valentine has requested parents to start preparations for anticipated reopening.
“Children from nursery schools and lower primary schools (P1 to P3) will resume studies on 18th January 2021. Parents and students should start preparations to be ready by that time,” she said.
The decision comes after parents and students claimed that learners at some international schools are advancing education while others from local schools are unaware of reopening dates.
As he responded to queries via Twitter handle, the Acting Director General of Rwanda Education Board (REB), Dr Alphonse Sebaganwa said on 4th January 2021 that the timetable for primary and nursery schools’ reopening will be communicated in the near future.
After the first Coronavirus patient was diagnosed in Rwanda in March 2020, the Government ordered the closure of all schools that saw all students returning home.
Universities and higher learning institutions were allowed to reopen in September 2020 under strict COVID-19 control measures.
In October 2020, the Ministry of Education announced 2nd November as the reopening date for learners in primary 5 and 6 classes. Students from ordinary level, senior 5 and 6 also resumed studies the same day.
The second batch started the second term on 23rd November 2020. This includes learners in primary 4 classes, and secondary school students from senior 1, 2 and 4.
The current MINEDUC timetable shows that students will start the third term on 19th March 2021 to end on 9th July 2021.
The second term’s holidays will run from 3rd April to 15th April 2021. Finalists in primary schools, ordinary level and senior six are expected to sit for national exams in July 2021.