The Government of Rwanda yesterday released new COVID-19 preventive measures stating that all schools and higher learning institutions will be closed in the districts of Burera, Gicumbi, Kamonyi, Musanze, Nyagatare, Rubavu, Rutsiro, Rwamagana and Kigali city for a period of two weeks effective from 1st July 2021.
The decision taken few days before candidates sit for Primary Leaving Examinations, Ordinary Level and Advanced Level examinations triggered public reactions wondering how to strike balance amidst closure of some schools.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Premier Ngirente allayed worries for students at closed schools that the Ministry of Education will issue guidelines to help them.
“I would like to reassure the general public that we consider all sides as we make decisions. We do not close schools disregarding the fact that there are students who will sit for national exams. The released statement shows that schools are closed adding that the Ministry of Education will help national exam candidates slated in July. The Government oversees interests of citizens. To this end, citizens should rest assured that no student will miss exams,” he revealed.
Premier Ngirente stressed that COVID-19 containment measures are instituted for interests of Rwandans.
“Before we take any additional measures we first weigh the pros and cons because it is the lives of Rwandans that we want to protect. We look at all the possibilities to sustain the fight and allow lives to continue. All these decisions we take are thoroughly discussed beforehand & are made for the benefit of all Rwandans. We must continue to work together and sustain this fight against COVID-19 until we succeed,” he said.