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Fri, 24 Apr 2020 09:48 - Updated Fri, 24 Apr 2020 09:48

Academic year may extend until February 2021

Luanda - Academic year 2020 may be extended until January or early February 2021 in order to ensure the mandatory minimum programme, should the classes do not resume until June, due to Covid 19.

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Minister of Education Luísa Grilo

Photo: Pedro Parente

This was announced on Thursday in Luanda by the Minister of Education, Luísa Maria Alves Grilo, at the end of the meeting of the Commission for Social Policy of the Cabinet Council.

The meeting focused, among other issues, on the action plans of the Ministerial Departments, ahead of the resumption of activities after the State of Emergency.

The official told the press that the re-organisation of the educational teaching process will entail the adjustment of the school calendar to recover the six lost academic weeks and the workload.

In order to comply with the security measures to halt Covid-19, she admitted the possibility of each classroom to accommodate only up to 20 students, in the event of a resumption of the academic year.

The minister also announced plans to adapt other sites for classes with the help of partners, such as the churches or unfinished schools.

The minister also announced that the sector is working along with radio and television stations on the dissemination of tele-classes.

The move covers the second cycle of teaching (7th, 8th and 9th grades).

On the other hand, the minister said that water will be provided to schools to guarantee permanent hand washing.

The minister praised the initiative related to charging of 60 percent of the fee in private education and 25 per cent for State-subsidized schools, stressing that the move will ensure the maintenance of companies and jobs.

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