KIGALI, 18 January 2021 – All nursery, primary and secondary schools in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, have been closed for two weeks, effective Monday, January 18.

In a statement published Sunday, the country’s education ministry said the two-week suspension in in-person learning is needed to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Kigali has been the nation’s hottest of COVID-19 hotspots.

Young puils in class in Rwanda - Photo UNICEF

Young pupils in class in Rwanda – Photo UNICEF

Kigali accounted for half (139) of the 277 cases detected countrywide on Saturday.

Of the 257 coronavirus cases recorded last Friday, 159 of them were in Kigali.

The suspension does not include boarding schools.

Students in such schools are authorized to remain on campus.

They will “continue to get essential services,” the statement from the education ministry added, encouraging schools to embrace remote learning, ere possible.

Schools outside of Kigali are unaffected by the two-week suspension of in-person learning.

The suspension came just as students in lower primary and nursery schools were getting ready to resume classes on Monday after being out of school fo ten months already.

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