Democratic Republic of Congo gears up to reopen education institutions

Educational institutions worldwide have been shut as a precautionary measure to stem the spread of the virus. With economies re-opening, the Democratic Republic of Congo has decided to reopen learning institutions in the country.

The DR Congo opened the learning institutions on August 10, after several months-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, learning institutions have been closed with an intention to stem the spread of the virus along with ban being imposed upon mass gatherings.

The Education Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Willy Bakonga, said that primary schools, secondary schools and universities were initially scheduled to reopen on August 3, but the move was delayed because of “technical and administrative reasons”.

President Felix Tshisekedi hailed the efforts of the Education Minister in assuring a safe re-opening of the education institutions that will aid in resuming the learning process in the country. The President even visited some of the education facilities to inspect the measures being taken for the re-opening. 

President Felix Tshisekedi said during his visit to the Athenee De La Gombe Eligo Secondary School, “We ask you to be careful. We have lifted the state of emergency, but the virus is still there.”

He added, “It is true that young people are resilient, but they can be carriers. Avoid manual contact and wash your hands. Do everything not to get infected, you risk infecting your families.”

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