Senegal to reopen schools with strict guidelines

Senegal has allowed students sitting for national exams back in schools but under strict guidelines.

Initially the Senegalese government had decided against reopening its high schools after a cluster of coronavirus infections were detected among teachers in the south of the country.

The guidelines for opening will include hand-washing, keeping distances, temperature checks and wearing face masks.

It’s taken weeks of preparation for schools to re-open, including cleaning and disinfection of classrooms.

The government had imposed many restrictions but no lockdown under a state of emergency that has was extended until the end of June.

Learning days will last for six hours and school lunches have been cancelled and the sale of food in and around schools has been banned.

Classroom set-up will also change. The seating arrangement will now be one student per table and a maximum of 20 pupils per room.

The main national examinations will take place in mid-August with a new timetable now in place. And after several weeks of lost classroom time, teachers are anxious to catch up.