JUBA, 10 January 2021 – The government of South Sudan has threatened to shutdown any schools that violate COVID-19 safety guidelines.

A report commissioned by the country’s education ministry concluded that only four schools in Juba Muncipality are abiding by basic hygiene practice.

Juba Municipality covers the capital of South Sudan.

South Sudanese schoolboy looks up from his classroom desk

South Sudanese schoolboy looks up from his classroom desk – Photo UNICEF

“In some schools, children come to the class without wearing face masks,” said Martin Tako Moi, South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of General Education and Instruction.

“The report we have here is just terrible,” a disgusted Tako Moi remarked, holding up a copy of the report.

South Sudanese schools were reopened last October after being closed more than six months.

Africa’s youngest nation has reported 3,589 coronavirus cases with 63 fatalities and 3,131 full recoveries, according to the online global coronavirus data reporting website managed by Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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