Teachers at African schools worry about their student return
Teachers at African schools worry about their student return

As Africa is all set to open its schools, the school officials worry some children might not return to class because their parents have not been working. , Ssekaggo said. Ssekaggo, headmaster of Wampeewo Ntakke Secondary School on the outskirts of Uganda's capital, Kampala, has fielded complaints from parents scrambling to have their children enrolled for the first time since March. 

In Uganda, the standards set by the authorities has to be meet before they can admit students, most of whom could remain at home until as late as next year. The standards includes enough handwashing stations and enough room in classrooms and dorms for social distancing. The pandemic has disrupted education around the world drastically, the crisis is more acute in Africa, where up to 80% of students don't have access to the internet and distance learning is out of reach for many students. 

Compared to other parts of the world, the sub-saharan Africa has the highest rates of children out of school. The U.N. culture and education agency says nearly one-fifth of children between 6 and 11 and more than one-third of youths between 12 and 14 not in school. Major key problem lies in testing. At Uganda's Wampeewo Ntakke Secondary School, which had 1,800 students before the outbreak, officials at the gates took the temperatures of arriving students, who also were required to bring at least two masks. 

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