The decision was announced one day before pupils in Pre Primary and Lower Primary School (P1-3) were supposed to resume studies on 18th January 2021 following ten months of suspension due to COVID-19 pandemic.
In a talk show aired on Rwanda Television; the Minister of Education, Dr. Valentine Uwamariya explained that the decision was meant to contain the steady rise of new Coronavirus infections in Kigali.
“It is true that the decision concerns the City of Kigali because new Covid-19 cases have been extremely increasing. This is additional to registered deaths,” she said.
“After an assessment in consultation with the Ministry of Health, we have established that it is necessary to close public and private schools including nursery, primary, secondary, vocational and international schools effective from Monday 18th January 2021. An assessment will be done after two weeks to decide if these schools can reopen,” added Dr. Mujawamariya.
She explained that boarding students in Kigali city will stay and continue to receive possible support to revise courses.
MINEDUC has revealed that courses will continue out of Kigali that nursery and primary schools are set to resume studies on scheduled dates.
“Studies are continuing in other parts of the country. This means, learners in this category will resume courses. Parents should continue to prepare children,” she noted.
On 7th January 2021, MINEDUC announced that pupils in Pre Primary and Lower Primary School (P1-3) would resume studies on 18th January 2021 following ten months of suspension due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Uwamariya however explained that the decision would be assessed in accordance with the prevalence of COVID-19 infections and advises from the Ministry of Health.
New COVID-19 infections continue increase whereby Rwanda has recorded 1402 cases and 22 deaths from 11th to 17th January 2021. The majority of new cases were found in Kigali city with highest figures of new infections which started increasing gradually towards the end of last year.
The Ministry of Health shows that 862 COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths were recorded in Kigali in one week.
Rwanda confirmed the first Coronavirus patient on 14th March 2020. Since then, 11 032 people have been tested positive out of 796 867 sample tests of whom 7363 have recovered while 3527 are active cases while 142 have succumbed to the pandemic.